FarmRaiser

FarmRaisers are a true community partnership and a simple concept: Buy local, fresh, healthy farm products and support your school at the same time. Parents and schools are looking for ways to hold fundraisers that meet school wellness policies, keep money in the local community, support local businesses, and offer products that families want and need. We think the FarmRaiser may be the answer!

FarmRaisers are like a traditional school fundraiser, but they offer delicious, healthy farm products for sale to school communities. Children will go home with simple brochures detailing the available farm products for sale. There is a range of prices ensuring that everyone can participate.

Farmers get a good price for their quality products, and potential new customers for their farm business. Schools add a markup that meets their fundraising goals. Oftentimes, families will contribute to fundraisers even if they don’t want the products for sale, but in this case they know they are supporting their local farms, which is a high priority for Upper Valley residents.

We suggest you read through the materials and contact us with questions. We are happy to guide you through the process.

Thank you to the following for support in developing FarmRaisers in the Upper Valley: Vermont Community Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living, Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley.

Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living, and the Center for Cartoon Studies joined Vital Communities in this project.

FarmRaiser Tools

Single Farm Introductory Email

This page has helpful information for you to use when emailing or calling a single farmer to be involved in your FarmRaiser.

Multiple Farms Introductory Email

This page has helpful information for you to use when emailing or calling multiple farms to be involved in your FarmRaiser.

Order Log

Download this excel spreadsheet to keep track of your orders. The spreadsheet has embedded formulas to help you tally up orders.

Poster

Download this writable PDF to make 8 1/2 x 11 posters for your school and community.

Brochure - Single Farm

Download this writable PDF and personalize for your school’s FarmRaiser when working with a single farm. These can be printed at your school or a local copy center.

Brochure - Multiple Farms

Download this writable PDF or word doc (change highlighted sections) and personalize for your school’s FarmRaiser when working with multiple farms. These can be printed at your school or a local copy center.

Incentive Stickers

These can be printed on Avery 5294 and handed out to students who participate in the FarmRaiser.

Harvest of the Month

Learn More

harvest of the monthThis is month is Parsnips, here is some info for you and recipes, etc.

What's Happening

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Calendar

October 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
  • West Hartford Farmers' Market
4
  • Royalton Farmers' Market
  • Feast & Field Market
5
6
  • Mt. Tom Farmers' Market
  • Norwich Farmers' Market
7
8
9
10
  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
11
  • Feast & Field Market
12
13
  • Mt. Tom Farmers' Market
  • Norwich Farmers' Market
14
15
16
17
  • Hanover Area Farmers' Market
18
  • Feast & Field Market
19
20
  • Norwich Farmers' Market
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
  • Norwich Farmers' Market
28
29
30
31

Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' Valley Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka 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 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, Vermont, with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 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.



Lauren Griswold

Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 107

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.



Nancy LaRowe

Local First Manager and Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Local First Manager and 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 economy. 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 a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich, Vt. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.