Network Member Services

We are excited to dig in with you and your farm-to-school team!
We offer a framework of services that can be customized to your school. Every school is different and focuses their farm-to-school programming in varying areas of study. We can help you connect your farm-to-school program to your classroom, cafeteria, and community!

Curricular advising

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  • We can help you integrate farm to school lessons into your school’s curriculum with one-on-one curriculum support or school wide curriculum development
  • We have many standards based Harvest Lessons that can help make farm-to-school connected to your classroom

Garden advising

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  • Our Farm to School Coordinator will do an initial consultation to help you get your garden growing and being utilized as a learning space in your school.

Farm to School Action Plan development and advising

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  • Want to do more farm to school work in your school but not sure where to start?  We will work with a team at your school to develop a farm to school action plan that can be implemented throughout the calendar year and aligned to your own school’s goals

Teacher professional development opportunites

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  • UVFTS offers Farm to School forums seasonally.  Forums are designed to meet the professional development needs of farm to school practitioners.  Forum topic vary seasonally.  Past forums have included the topics of baking with students, school gardens, school composting, and Harvest Lesson implementation.
  • We also offer a professional development course in partnership with VT FEED. This course is an opportunity for school educators, staff and administrators to explore and expand their professional knowledge and experience related to farm to school, nutrition, classroom cooking opportunities and garden based education. Participants will also explore curriculum connections with the Vermont Learning Standards, the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Math, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Monthly E-news lettter

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  • Sign up for our monthly farm to school E-newsletter.  Learn about what other schools are doing with farm to school in the Upper Valley, hear about upcoming professional development opportunities and learn about the latest farm to school resources.

Taste test coordination

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  • Taste tests are a great way to engage students and staff.  We can help you coordinate your taste tests and collect your taste test data.

Farm to school event support and coordination


  • Let us help you coordinate a farm to school festival in your school.  We can help with activity planning, resources for local food and, hands on display ideas.

Grant assistance

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  • Every spring Upper Valley Farm to School offers mini-grants to area schools to aid in farm to school activities.
  • Are you applying for a farm to school grant?  Please, let us help with a letter of support.

Resource support for cafeteria staff on the procurement of local foods

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  • Our Valley Food and Farm staff are happy to help you find local sources for your school cafeteria. Contact us today!

Farm to School E-Newsletter

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Standards based Harvest Lessons

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Facilitation of Farm to School Action Plan Development

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Farm to School Event Support/Coordination

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Facilitation of a school garden plan

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Resource support for cafeteria staff on the procurement of local foods

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Teacher professional development to support farm to school curricular connections

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Delivery of monthly Harvest Lessons trainings

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Assist with farm to school grant applications

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Coordinate monthly school-wide taste tests

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Becka Warren

Food & Farm Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Food & Farm Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' 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 until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her family.

Beth Roy

Food & Farm Manager

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

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Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager

Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth 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. She previously served on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, 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, and serves on the Hartland School Board. 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.

Doreen Guillette

Assistant to the Executive Director, Flavors Coordinator

Food & Farm

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Food & Farm

— Doreen Guillette, Assistant to the Executive Director, Flavors Coordinator

Doreen Guillette joined Vital Communities in January 2020 as the Flavors of the Valley Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director, with many years of administrative and management experience at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, self-employment, and volunteering. An Upper Valley native, Doreen spends most of her time and energy caring for her mini-farm and a large family in Norwich. She is a strong advocate for local community and is president of the Beaver Meadow Chapel, Trustee of the Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse, and Co-Chair of the West Norwich Community Resilience Organization. Doreen enjoys hiking, kayaking, writing poetry, nature photography, and cooking meals that come from her own land.

Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

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Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the 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. 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.