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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Tools for farm to school program growth.

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Member Schools

Network members around the Upper Valley.

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Trek to Taste 2015

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Join us Saturday June 6th at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park for Trek to Taste. Stop by the Forest Center to see all the schools in the Farm to School ShowcaseTrek2Taste_EBlast_2015

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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

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


October  2015
  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Dine or shop at a participating local business, and a portion of the day’s proceeds will support NOFA Vermont’s Farm Share Program, bringing the bounty of our local CSA farms to more Vermonters.

    Participating Businesses:
    Woodstock Farmers Market
    Route 4 Country Store Deli & BBQ
    Springfield Food Coop
    South Royalton Market
    Skunk Hollow Tavern
    Colatina Exit
    The Local Buzz
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Lots of family fun and activities! Horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, educational activities and displays, self- guided farm tour. Win prizes donated by local businesses in our Share the Harvest raffle. Enjoy children’s crafts and games in the enchanted forest, meet the visiting owl from VINS, storytelling and live music throughout the day from three great Upper Valley bands. Food concession includes homemade butternut apple crisp, pumpkin brownies, grilled local sausages, fresh salads, organic local ice cream, and more!
    Rain or shine. $10 per car (carpooling strongly encouraged.) Walk or bike and get in free! Help us to reduce waste, bring your own plate, cup, and silverware.


Vital Communities Program News


Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Manager

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— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vermont, 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, Vermont. 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 currently lives in Hartland, Vermont, 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. It's a great day when she can hang with the pigs in pasture, watch the lambs frolic at dusk, or enjoy an amazingly delicious, completely locally grown meal al fresco.

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 fire fighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.