Vermont Farm to School Program

 

Grant Applications Open for Schools and Early Care Providers 

2019 Vermont Farm to School Grant Requests for Applications (RFA) are now available. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2018 at noon. 
See, below, for more information. 

 

2018 Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Program Report 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is proud to present the annual program report for the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Grant Program, established with the passage of the 2006 Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act. Our program supports vibrant and resilient communities and contributes to multiple goals of the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Since its inception, with the support of many partners in the Vermont Farm to School Network, the program has invested more than $1 million in nearly 200 schools and childcare providers.

 
Each year, the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program continues to grow and innovate, serving our most vulnerable and enabling equitable access to healthy food, achieved through a focus on viable school meal programs and early exposure to farm to school principles. Farm to school programs not only promote healthy lifestyles in children but have also been shown to improve children’s behavior and academic performance at school.
 
The 2018 grant round included childcare providers as eligible applicants for the first time, enabled by an update to the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act in 2017. Including the early care community in our program deepens the impact of this effective strategy to improve equity among Vermont’s children and families. In addition to the cumulative impacts of the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program, this report will highlight:
 
• Universal Meals pilot and Farm to Early Childcare Education
 
• A snapshot of the 2016 Farm To School Grant Program; and
 
• Exemplary grantees in Cornwall and Fairfax
 
We are grateful for the opportunity to share our program’s successes in the following pages. We look forward to continue serving Vermont students, schools, childcare programs, farmers, and the economy with this comprehensive program.

 

Vermont Farm to School Program Grant Opportunities  

2019 Vermont Farm to School Grant Program Requests for Applications (RFA) are now available, below. All applications must be submitted on our grant management system, WebGrants. Please, read the RFAs carefully for information about how to log into and navigate WebGrants. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2018 at noon. 

  1. Vermont Farm to School Child Nutrition Grant: The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based early care providers and schools to expand and improve their food programs and/or to create or expand Farm to School programs by integrating the classroom, cafeteria, and community (the 3 C’s of Farm to School). Up to seven applications will be awarded at $15,000 each, made possible by legislative appropriation and the financial investment of a dedicated partner. The anticipated grant period will be January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. 
     
  2. Vermont Farm to School Infrastructure Grant: The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based early care providers and schools to purchase infrastructure that will improve their food programs and/or farm to school/farm to early care programs. Up to 32 grants will be awarded at $1,000 each to reimburse schools and early care providers for these purchases. This grant opportunity is made possible by legislative appropriation, Vermont dairy farmers, and the financial investment of a dedicated partner.
    • K-12 Schools: Infrastructure grants are available to reimburse schools for the purchase of milk coolers to ensure students have access to fresh, nutritious dairy products.
    • Early Care Providers: Infrastructure grants are available to reimburse early care providers for purchasing infrastructure to improve their food program and/or farm to early care program.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to learn answers to common questions about Farm to School Child Nutrition Grants. Any additional questions about the RFAs must be submitted to AGR.FarmToSchool@vermont.gov

 

VAAFM will host a webinar for potential applicants. We strongly encourage at least one member of your team to join the webinar, as it will cover details of this RFA and instructions for navigating our online grants management system. This interactive webinar will provide the opportunity to ask questions. A recording of the webinars will be posted here, after October 11th. Applicants are required to attend or view a recording of this informational webinar. 

 

Webinar Update: Due to technical difficulties, we need to cancel the early care prospective grantee webinar scheduled for Friday, October 5. We welcome early care providers to join the webinar scheduled on October 11th at 3:00 PM, and apologize for the inconvenience. 

  • WEBINAR FOR SCHOOLS AND EARLY CARE PROVIDERS will take place Thursday, October 11th from 3:00-4:30pm. Only 25 attendees can join this webinar, but a recording will be posted on this website after October 11th. The link for this webinar has changed, so please use the following link to join the webinar: https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/alexandra.zipparo/FM5RRVB
Learn how our grant program impacts Vermont schools in this video
 
Learn how our grant program supports the growth and viability of school gardens in this video
 
 
Additional Information

Vermont Farm to School Program Resources: 

Partner Resources: 

NEW REPORTS: 

 

Farm to School Support

There are resources and organizations around the state that may be valuable resources For your farm to school program. 

Questions? Contact Us! 

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Farm to School Contacts:

If you have any questions about the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Farm to School Program questions, please email agr.farmtoschool@vermont.gov or call 802-828-2430