Announcements & Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Producer Buyer Forum is Nov. 2nd



A Forum for Vermont growers, food producers, buyers and distributors with round table discussions on emerging local food markets, the "Amazon effect," ingredient and distribution trends, a local foods lunch and plenty of time for networking.

Keynote speech by Greg Georgaklis, Farmers to You.

Panelists include:
Jonathan Slason, RFP Logistics
Kathleen Norris, Homestead Hops
Gemma DiPalma, Five Acres Farm
Ben Maniscalco, Benito's Hot Sauce
Dan Chang, Kria CBD products

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 8:30AM - 2 PM. Registration opens at 8:30AM, presentations begin promptly at 9:00AM.

A local foods lunch will be served at 12:00PM Noon.

LocationWilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Middlebury College, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT

Price: $20; (icludes coffee, refreshments and a local foods lunch). ACORN Members receive 10% off.

Tickets on sale now.


October is Farm to School Month

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From the FBEN newsletter:

Greetings Farm-Based Educators!

Fall is ripe with professional learning opportunities! We're excited by the number of events coming up that will sharpen your skills as a grower, educator, farm-based educator, and more. While some of these are workshops and conferences, there's one very special project that you can take part in right from the seat of your tractor: The Farm and Garden Design Lab.  In partnership with Life Lab, we launched a YouTube video library this month so that farms and gardens across the globe can showcase their sites, and the special attributes that make them work for farm-based education! Learn more, and create your own video. 

It's no coincidence that we launched this project in October, which is National Farm to School Month! Let's celebrate by filling our video library up with thousands of ideas. Submit your videos during the month of October and you'll be entered to win one of two mini garden grants of $250 from the Whole Kids Foundation. So get out there, get filming, and join the library today!

2017 Guide to Local Food & Farms is Now Out!

Pick up your free copy at Addison County food stores, restaurants, shops and cafes! OR click here to read the Guide online.

September Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter

Thank you, Jonathan, for your vision!

Co-founder and executive director Jonathan Corcoran has given vast amounts of time and brain power to creating and sustaining ACORN's mission over the past twelve years.

Under his leadership and vision, he created the Tour de Farms our annual fundraiser, the Guide to Local Food & Farms a handy reference booklet, embarked on farm to school initiatives including the Stone Soup Summit and brought together the finance and food industries in the unique Financing the Working Landscape conferences. His energy and commitment to building our local economy and local networks has allowed ACORN to stay relevant and engaged with a wide range of community partners in Addison County and statewide.

Read more of this month’s Cultivating Connections.

Tour de Farms featured in The Local Motive series on VT PBS

This new, six-part series explores six separate aspects of Vermont's local food system: production, processing, distribution, farm to institution, the consumer and waste.

See ACORN's Tour de Farms segment from February 21, 2017. Click the image above to watch. The ACORN segment starts at 19 minutes, 50 seconds.

Your support for ACORN helps to build a stronger food culture and local economy in Vermont's Champlain Valley. Your donations make possible the Tour de Farms, matchmaking events and conferences, our Farm to School outreach, the Guide to Local Food and Farms, and more.

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