Archive for the ‘NEK Food Systems’ Category

Vt Food Venture Center: Case Study goes global!

Posted: February 16, 2017

The Vt Food Venture Center, now entering its 6th year, has been working steadily to advance farm and food businesses. We offer a suite of services, but one project which has grown significantly is our FARM TO INSTITUTION Minimal Processing, begun as farmer co-packing and advanced into market and product development. We want to highlight [...]

Summary Results of Fall 2016 OSSU Farm to School Family Survey

Posted: October 24, 2016

Thank you to all Family Farm to School Survey participants! The survey was made available to all OSSU families – we received responses from 72 families representing all six schools, which we estimate to be a 10% participation rate of total families across OSSU. We hope you take a moment to review these results and [...]

Join us for an evening of Nuturing Communities: November 4

Posted: October 18, 2016

The Center for an Agricultural Economy is hosting an event November 4 put on by the Galaxy Bookshop. Join us for a fun evening to explore local foods and economies. Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash to donate to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and the Grow Your Own program, which is managed by [...]

NEK Case Study #4: Goats, Goats and more Goats!

Posted: July 5, 2016

A Goat Story: Vermont Chevon creates a market for goat meat Since 2011, Vermont Chevon has been slowly building a second-life for Vermont’s goat industry. Vermont Chevon buys surplus livestock and turns it into a premium protein source that is healthier and leaner than other meats. Likewise, Shirley Richardson has built a second-career for herself, [...]

NEK Case Study 3: Local Slaughter and Meat Processing

Posted: June 17, 2016

Northeast Kingdom Processing: Making Meat Farm to Table Ready When many of us think of slaughterhouses, images from Upton Sinclair’s 1906 expose of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle, probably come to mind. And it’s likely the images are not pretty.  Those days are long gone. The state-of-the-art, modern slaughter facility that is Northeast Kingdom Processing [...]

NEK Case Study1: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is a leader!

Posted: May 13, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development!! Following on the success of the March Food System Plan Summit, we’ve been hard at work updating the plan, drafting and vetting strategies and action items, and researching a series of case studies that showcase local examples of goals. Below is a draft of one of [...]

How will it work? Our regional food system plan…

Posted: March 24, 2016

Making a Regional Food System Plan Work Saturday’s Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan Summit is quickly approaching! We hope you’ve signed up to join us to strategize ideas for keeping the NEK’s food system diverse, thriving, and growing into the future. The NEK Food System Plan isn’t a document that just sits on a shelf; [...]

We’re hiring: place-based education and agriculture!

Posted: March 11, 2016

For the past few years, the CAE has helped to build kitchen classrooms, community greenhouses, garden beds, and run field trips with our students within Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union. Now, we’re engaged in a longer term partnership with OSSU, to plan for how we can use our community food systems assets as resources for the [...]

Do we still Manufacture Food in the NEK? What’s the Scoop?

Posted: March 2, 2016

Are We Making Food Here?  Have we created Jobs in Food Production? Taylar Foster shares the data behind our Food Manufacturing in the NEK…. A key piece of the food system is turning our raw products, like wheat, milk, or fresh produce, into “value-added products”, bread, cheese, or ketchup. Across Vermont, this type of value-added [...]

Consultant Needed: Program Manager for our 5 Year Update of the Regional Food System Plan!

Posted: December 15, 2015

Background: The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) are seeking the services of a qualified Program Manager who can assist with the development and rollout of the updated Regional Food Systems Plan for the Northeast Kingdom. This plan, which is the only sub-state Food Systems Plan in Vermont, [...]