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VT Food System News: Farm2Plate Opportunities

Lots of ways to stay in Vermont this summer or after graduation if you are interested in contributing to Vermont’s sustainable food system growth. Below are a few of the great places looking to hire YOU!

Food System Jobs (Compliments of VT Farm to Plate May News)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2 VT NRCS Openings Apply by May 16
Chittenden Solid Waste District, Drop-Off Center Operator – On Call
Vermont Foodbank, Operations Technician
Vermont Foodbank, VT Fresh and Network Partner Coordinator
Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), Food Hub Manager
Vital Communities, Project Managers-Climate, Agriculture, Energy, Economy
Vermont Community Loan Fund, Loan Officer
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Grants and Fund Development Manager
Pigasus Meats, Part-Time Farm Help
Norwich Farmers’ Market (Summer), Market Manager
Littleton Food Co-op, FT/PT Cooks, Meat Cutters, Asst. Prepared Foods Manager
Center for an Agricultural Economy, Just Cut Kitchen Staff
Center for an Agricultural Economy, Administrative Operations Coordinator
Rural Vermont, Operations Director
Vermont Foodbank, Community Kitchen Academy
Flack Family Farm, Farm Crew
Bennington Community Market, General Manager
Sun Hill Farm, Farmstead Internship Program and Homestead Manager
Salvation Farms, Vermont Commodity Manager and Community Relations Coordinator
City Market, Onion River Cooperative, Produce Buyer, City Market – South End
Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Americorps Farm to School Coordinator
High Mowing Organic Seeds, Trials Farm Crew
New Village Farm, Livestock, Agriculture, & Craft Skill Mentors
Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Open Farm Week Coordinator
New Village Farm, Livestock Manager/Educator and Ag and Craft Teachers & Mentors (PT)
NOFA Vermont, Development Coordinator
NOFA Vermont, Mobile Oven Baker
NOFA Vermont, Farm Resilience Specialist
Intervale Center, Food Access Assistant
Intervale Center, Everyone Eats Community Outreach and Distribution Manager
Intervale Center, Conservation Nursery Crew (Temporary)
Intervale Center, Event Staff
Intervale Center, Volunteer Music Intern

Join the Annual VT Farm to Plate Gathering 11/18-19

Registration Now Open
November 18 & 19, 2021
| Virtual
Join us for this important Network Gathering as we kick off implementation of the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030!

The 2021 Farm to Plate Gathering will be hosted virtually on Thursday, November 18th from 9:30am-5:00pm and Friday, November 19th from 9:00am-1:00pm. This year we will explore inspiring efforts across the state that are bringing the 2021-2030 Strategic Plan to life, offer practical trainings and topic deep dives to help your organization, farm, or food business, unveil the next iteration of the Farm to Plate Network and how we can work collectively to implement strategic priorities over the next decade, and mix in a good dose of food trivia and fun. 
More information on full agenda and speakers will be posted here – check back regularly for updates. Links to sessions will be sent to you prior to the Gathering via email. There is a flat fee of $45 to register for the Gathering regardless of number of sessions/days attended. 

We’re offering to cover the registration fee for farmers and farm workers, small food business owners and employees, BIPOC, and students who need assistance with registration costs. Please click here to apply for a scholarship to cover the registration fee, and encourage those in your own networks to apply as well! If you are applying for a scholarship, please do not register until you hear from our Farm to Plate Staff. 
Register Now
View the Agenda

Learn From Farm & Food System Practitioners-Oct. 15 Deadline for Registration Scholarships

Register for our 2021 It Takes a Region Conference!

Registration is open!

NESAWG’s annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, we look at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role our network can play in shaping its future. We offer in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.Register today!We extended the scholarship deadline!The new deadline to apply is October 15th at midnight. 

We prioritize youth, farmers, farmworkers, BIPOC,  those from front-line and marginalized communities, those living with disabilities, elders, and low-income individuals in selecting recipients. Scholarship awards will cover your entire registration fee for the conference. Learn more and fill out our simple, short application here.Apply now!
We extended the scholarship deadline!The new deadline to apply is October 15th at midnight. 

We prioritize youth, farmers, farmworkers, BIPOC,  those from front-line and marginalized communities, those living with disabilities, elders, and low-income individuals in selecting recipients. Scholarship awards will cover your entire registration fee for the conference. Learn more and fill out our simple, short application here.
Apply now!

Lots of News from Our Food Systems Studies

**October Series on Food System Jobs**

“On behalf of the North American Food Systems Network, let me share this networking opportunity about young people creating and finding food system jobs.

This series is designed for students and other emerging professionals; all are welcome. It will be hosted by students, with support from established leaders in food systems work.  Please encourage your students to sign up HERE; there is no cost to attend.

The four-part series (Oct 6, 19, Nov 3, 16, 2021) will highlight job creators and featured career speakers from within the food systems profession. 

NAFSN is a professional development association for people working together to promote resilient local and regional food systems in the advancement of equity and healthful food access for all. We are the sister affiliate of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. “

**Cool Article of Interest**

They create jobs, open farmers’ markets, and make local food resilient, just, and equitable. Chances are, you’ve never heard of them.

**If you’re interested in farm-based education, here’s a great newsletter to sign up for**

The Farm-Based Education Network (https://www.farmbasededucation.org/). They’ve got a great Job Board HERE.

Food System Jobs in VT

Below are the latest Food System Jobs as posted in the Vermont Food System News, May 2021 newsletter. Recent grads and seniors, there are quite a few entry-level opportunities available:

Knoll Garden Hours-Looking Ahead to Spring!

Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours will begin the week of Monday, March 29 and be held on a fixed weekly schedule through the end of spring semester:

  • Tuesdays: 1-3pm
  • Thursdays: 11-1pm
  • Fridays: 11-1pm** and 2-4pm
  • Sundays: 9-11am**

**New this semester, the Friday and Sunday morning sessions will be reserved for folks who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color).

More info about Garden Volunteer Hours:

  • Signups are required in advance, and you can find the link later at go/knoll and go/knollhours
  • New this semester: signups will be released in two-week blocks, and go live for that block at 10am every other Monday morning
  • Due to incredible popularity last fall and in order to welcome as many folks as possible, we are asking everyone to limit themselves to six or fewer signups for spring semester
  • We are again offering PE credit for folks who attend at least 8 hours of garden volunteer time (four full sessions)
  • Not quite sure what to expect? There is detailed information in the signup description, and you can reach out to one of our friendly Knoll interns to chat. We warmly welcome all questions!
  • Spots are available only to students enrolled as in-person learners.

Some friendly general reminders about visiting the Knoll:

  • Please walk the safe route down to the Knoll, either via Bicentennial Way or down the hill next to the Ridgeline apartments. Please, please, please do NOT walk directly along Route 125.
  • Beginning Friday, March 26, portable toilet and trash/recycling receptacles will again be available
  • A few guidelines for the space: masks are required at all times, please stay on grassy paths (especially important in springtime), keep furry friends on leashes, and apart from the Grazing Garden, please leave the harvesting to us
  • Want more Knoll love? Check out MCOF for additional events and goings on this semester
  • Interested in hosting an event at the Knoll? You can read all about this process at go/knollevents. Please plan ahead!
  • Flower cutting flower season typically begins in July. There will be some early spring blooms at the Knoll, but please savor them in place to spread the love with other visitors
  • Thank you for being good neighbors to our farming friends, the Scholtens, who graze and manage as a livestock food crop some of the fields adjacent to the Knoll. Remember that fencing can be electrified and let’s leave plenty of space to not find out.

Interested in reading more about what went on at the Knoll in the 2020 growing season? You can read the full annual report here

Please pass questions along to Megan and/or a Knoll Intern and we cannot wait to see you out there.

Here’s to spring!

Megan and the Knoll team

Salvation Farms is Looking to Hire a Gleaning Coordinator

Salvation Farms’ mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Our work explores diverse opportunities to respond to Vermont’s surplus farm food in an effort to build food system security and regional food resilience. We run a gleaning program, serve as backbone support to the Vermont Gleaning Collective, and have operated a surplus crop food hub and workforce development program. Other aspects of our work include technical assistance, creating resources for gleaners, supply chain development, experiential education, community building, cross-sector colleague collaboration, research, dialogue facilitation, and state, regional, and national engagement.

Our Lamoille Valley Gleaning program dates back to the start of Salvation Farms (2005). Gleaning is the reaping of crops after the harvest. Today our gleaning program serves upwards of two dozen farms and orchestrates weekly, year-round distribution of gleaned produce to more than 40 different recipient sites: youth organizations, Meals on Wheels kitchens, community programs, and food shelves. In recent years, LVG staff and volunteers glean and distribute 50,000-70,000 pounds annually of high-quality, locally grown produce that would have otherwise been lost on farms.

Position Summary

The Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for providing Lamoille Valley farms with professionally-coordinated gleaning services, engaging community members in hands-on learning and farm-fresh food rescue, and coordinating the regular distribution of surplus crops to create a more inclusive, secure local food system. The Gleaning Coordinator regularly partners with member organizations of the Vermont Gleaning Collective on regional or large-scale gleans, distribution, and program collaboration. Salvation Farms’ Gleaning Coordinator will serve a complimentary role to the organization’s other agricultural surplus management strategies including such activities as minimal processing and brokering of Vermont’s farm surplus produce.

A strong candidate is a people person that has produce farming experience, physical and mental endurance, excellent time and people management skills, and the ability to oversee a diversity of responsibilities.

Visit Salvation Farms website for a link to the full position description and for instructions to apply: https://www.salvationfarms.org/get-involved/#jobs