Vermont Farm to School Conference to Feature Talks by US Senator Leahy, USDA Farm to School Director, Detroit Child Nutrition Hero, and Over 25 Workshops


Ali Zipparo Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator

(802) 505-1822



Learn about the positive impacts of Farm to School Programming from the Nation’s leading experts and spokespeople, sample local cuisine, and help shape the future of Farm to School in Vermont

WHAT:  Statewide Conference: Farm to School, Grow the Movement hosted by The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Vermont FEED in partnership with the VT Farm to School Network

The goals of the Vermont Farm to School, Grow the Movement conference are to:

  • Strengthen the connections between the Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community and share best practices from across the state
  • Strengthen the Vermont Farm to School Network and connect people so they envision themselves as part of the FTS Movement
  • Widen the audience aligned with Vermont’s Farm to School goals and strategies

WHERE:  Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT (Directions)

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 - 12:00pm – 5:00pm followed by dinner & Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 9:00am-4:30pm.

WHO:  Keynote speakers include: US Senator Patrick Leahy, President Obama appointed USDA Farm to School and Community Food Systems Director Deborah Kane, and Executive Director of Child Nutrition of Detroit Public Schools Betti Wiggins. Additional speakers include: Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Harry Chen, Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe.  Conference attendees will include: Vermont child nutrition professionals, teachers, school administrators, farmers, food processors and distributors, government officials, policy makers, farm to school coordinators, advocates, and non-profit partners.

For more information visit or contact Ali Zipparo at or call (802) 505-1822.