I am so excited to announce the 2018 mini-grant program at Upper Valley Farm to School! We have funding focused on both Vermont and New Hampshire schools. Start dreaming up your farm-to-school projects – we want to support you!
Registration is open for the 17th annual Flavors of the Valley, the Upper Valley’s premier local food tasting expo. With 50+ vendors and more than 800 attendees, Flavors is a valuable marketing opportunity for farms and food businesses looking to expand their sales base.
Flavors attendees come to the event because they want to support local farms and food businesses. Be part of a fun marketing event and connect to new customers and the community.
(Registration deadline is March 16. We cannot guarantee table choice or inclusion in promotional outreach materials after this date.)
In 2017, working together, we started developing farm labor resources for the Upper Valley, we moved toward an Upper Valley food hub, we educated future farmers with Upper Valley CRAFT, we held Flavors of the Valley, and much more. We need to celebrate with you!!
Come learn about farm labor resources developed from our SARE Partnership work that is concluding, the progress made to increase direct sales to farms through Specialty Crop funding and shared food/farm facility discussions that we will be continuing in 2018. We also have new multi-year funding to build a farmers’ market collaborative and that will include many farmer vendors. Come hear all about it.
Thanks to Northeast SARE and Skinny Pancake for supporting this event!
Join Vital Communities and Land For Good to learn about leasing your land to a farmer. This workshop is for private landowners interested in making their land available to farmers for agricultural production, for members of community organizations interested in assisting local farmland owners to keep agricultural land in active production, and farmers interested in leasing issues. Assessing your land, crafting leases, legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability, and finding a farmer are some of the topics that will be covered in a panel discussion.
November 15, 2017
Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon, NH
Email Nancy@VitalCommunities.org with questions.
How does BFGK Self-Directed Group Baking work?
Learn how easy (and fun!) it is to bring our very popular free BFGK Self-Directed Program to YOUR students. We’ll show you how it works, how to access helpful information, and practice some roll shaping skills! Take home BFGK Program materials and enjoy some homemade pizza!
Instructor: Paula Gray, is the Manager of the Bake for Good Kids Program. She has been an educator/presenter for over 30 years, and is an employee owner of the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich, VT
When: Monday October 30, 2017, 5:30-7:00PM
Where: Culinary Learning Center, COOP Food Store, 12 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH 03766
Register: Contact Beth Roy at Beth@VitalCommunities.org or (802)291-9100 x105 or register on-line
We hosted a well-attended food hub conversation at King Arthur Flour in September where more than 65 people engaged in conversations around the need for farm and food infrastructure in the Upper Valley. Below are processing resources and links to information about other projects happening in Vermont, New Hampshire, and beyond.
This page will be updated regularly to include more info and resources. Email updates will be shared with anyone interested in this conversation. Email Nancy@VitalCommunities.org to be added to be included in updates.
Genuine Local, Meredith, NH. A purpose-built specialty food production facility.
Vermont Food Venture Center, Hardwick, VT.
Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT
Kearsarge Food Hub, Bradford, NH
Farm Fresh Connect
Green Mountan Farm Direct
Case Studies, Feasibility Studies, etc.
Farm to Institution New England – case studies, including 7 great reports on New England food hubs.
Northbound Ventures, Summerville, MA. Project consultant for food system facilities around New England. Lots of interesting project to read about.
Intervale Center, Burlington, VT
Unity Food Hub, Unity, ME
Upper Valley inventory of commercially licensed kitchens collected by Vital Communities… Coming soon.