Upper Valley Farm to School Network

Welcome to the Upper Valley Farm to School Network! The Network is all the educators, farmers and community members working to integrate local food and farms into the classrooms, cafeterias and communities of our region. Our staff is available to help you with your farm to school projects, be they large or small, so please contact us.



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Schools with Farm to School Projects in the Upper Valley

Each of these Upper Valley schools has a unique farm to school program. Some are as simple as a school garden bed, others involve yearly harvest parties, curricular integration, and local purchasing in the cafeteria. Contact us to get involved, or to expand your own farm to school programming.

Windsor County, VT

Ascutney Basin
Barnard Academy
Bridgewater Village School
Hartford Memorial Middle School
Hartland Elementary School
Reading Elementary
Sharon Elementary
Upper Valley Waldorf School
Windsor State Street School
Woodstock Elementary School

Funding for the Upper Valley Farm to School Network is provided by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Upper Valley Region, Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and The Couch Family Foundation.

Orange County, VT

Bradford Elementary School
Cedar Circle Farm
The Newton School in Strafford
Thetford Elementary School

Grafton County, NH
Hanover High School
The Lyme School
The Ray School


Funding for the Upper Valley Farm to School Network is provided by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Upper Valley Region, Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and The Couch Family Foundation.

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May  2016
  • Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Unity Elementary School, 864 2nd NH Turnpike, Newport, NH 03773, United States
    Description: Join Upper Valley Farm to School and Vermont FEED for Integrating Farm to School into the Classroom with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers who are looking to deepen or expand their curriculum and project-based learning opportunities related to Farm to School including: nutrition, food systems, classroom cooking, and garden-based education. Based on the feedback from past classes, this course has been developed with the needs of teachers in mind. Designed to be dynamic and democratic, this emergent course will offer teachers the time and space to focus on projects of their choice, while also providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and others leaders in the field of Farm to School. Interactive class sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, connections to standards, peer to peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on food preparation, and large and small group discussions.

    We are very fortunate to be able to provide free tuition to all New Hampshire teachers. New Hampshire teachers will also be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to support a farm to school project in their school. Funding for this opportunity is from the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

    To learn more about the course and to register please visit http://bit.ly/1Mhi9Od or contact Beth Roy, Farm to School Coordinator at (802)291-9100 or Beth@VitalCommunities.org

    Course will meet
    March 2
    March 16
    March 30
    April 13
    April 27
    May 11
    May 18 (Snow Date)
  • Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 17, 2016 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Thetford Elementary School, Thetford Center, VT 05075, United States
    Description: 2016 Spring Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders

    Thetford, Vt. – May 17th

    Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

    Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on exploring strategies for recruiting and engaging gardeners and volunteers. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.

    Where and When

    The spring workshop in Thetford is Tuesday, May 17, from 4:00-7:00pm, including a hearty snack. The workshop will take place at Thetford Elementary School at 2689 Rte. 113, Thetford, VT 05074.


    Registration is $35 per workshop. VCGN members are eligible for discounted registrations. Learn about the VCGN membership program and sign up before you register for the workshop to receive your discount at http://vcgn.org/membership/. Sliding scale option also available upon request.

    Please pre-register. For a list of all 7 Grow It! locations and dates across the state, more detailed workshop info, and online registration go to: http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit. Questions? Call (802) 861-4769.

    Professional development certificates for workshop attendance available upon request.
  • Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St, Randolph, VT 05060, United States
    Description: In conjunction with our Locally Grown Area Artists Show this year and in partnership with BALE (Building a Local Economy) , Chandler Center for the Arts is planning its first annual Local Arts & Eats Event, and you are invited!

    At the Local Arts & Eats event, the best of central VT restaurants, farmers, CSA’s, local specialty food producers, bakers, chefs, and more come together in culinary camaraderie to offer their favorite recipes and products for the tasting! It’s a fun & satisfying event for the whole family!

    Food samples are donated, presented & prepared in donation. The public is invited and entry is by donation as well.

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Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

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Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.

Beth Roy

Farm to School Program Coordinator

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— Beth Roy, Farm to School Program Coordinator

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.

Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

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— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and Upper Valley farms. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, a member of the Vermont Swine Advisory Group and the Norwich Planning Commission, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.