Confession: we sing a little tune about Flavors of the Valley, around the office, in meetings, while photocopying…. Click here and watch with sound if you dare- the big reveal is at the end. Treat your ears today and your tastebuds on Sunday, April 8 from 11 am- 3 pm at Hartford High School. All the details, discounts, specials, information about 45 local food vendors and their samples, and more are on our Flavors of the Valley page. Thank you CATV 8/10 for our CATV debut.
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!
Mini-grants are designed to help your school, afterschool program, or school-related wellness program launch projects related to farms, our agricultural heritage, farm products, food production, or local food consumption at the school itself.
A broad range of projects have received funding in recent years including field trips to local farms, food from a local farm, materials for gardens and garden activities, and stipends for farmers, teachers, or FTS coordinators. Funds could also be used in the cafeteria, to pay for training, supplies, or equipment.
NEW FOR 2018: The maximum mini-grant award is now $500. Both New Hampshire and Vermont schools are eligible to apply for funds. Recipients in both states are required to present their project at Trek to Taste on June 2, 2018 (in addition to other grant requirements, below). We encourage schools to include costs related to project presentations and attending Trek to Taste in their grant budget.
For additional information on eligibility, the application process, and possible projects, please go to our on-line application form, download a form or, contact me.
The Upper Valley Farm to School mini-grant program is made possible thanks to the Couch Family Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Wellborn Ecology Fund.
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.
Flavors of the Valley 2018
April 8, 2018
11am – 3pm
Hartford High School, Hartford, Vermont
(Registration deadline is March 16. We cannot guarantee table choice or inclusion in promotional outreach materials after this date.)
- DECEMBER 6 – LEBANON, NH
with Steve Fulton (Blue Ox Farm) & Jack Manix (Walker Farm)
Join us to celebrate the work we did together in 2017!
Do your chores early, leave the spreadsheets behind, and come share some beer, crepes, and farm chat with fellow farmers as we celebrate the successful 2017 season.
Monday, December 11
Skinny Pancake, Hanover, NH
Free snacks and beer
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!
Leasing Your Land to a Farmer Workshop
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.
The goal of the activities during the food hub meeting was to collect information from participants about pain points in the food system and prioritization of uses/functions of a shared food/farm facility. You’ll find a summary of the information collected at the meeting on this page. Click on the links below to see the summaries.
What is the challenge to your business that brought you to this meeting. What is your biggest pain point?
Join Upper Valley Farm to School Network as we learn how to make the dough!
King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Kids Program
- Kids LEARN to make bread from scratch. Math + science + reading + baking know-how = something delicious!
- Kids BAKE. They practice their new skills and use ingredients we provide to bake bread or rolls.
- Kids SHARE within the community, and give part of their baked goods to those in need. (They keep some to enjoy!)
How does BFGK Self-Directed Group Baking work?
- 5-50 kids, grades 4-12
- Kids watch BFGK video with you
- KAF provides flour, yeast, recipe booklets, dough scrapers, video lesson, and more
- Kids work in teams, bake together with you, and donate rolls
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