ACORN's mission is to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley.
We are working with growers, schools, businesses, and community and statewide partners
to double the consumption of locally-grown food by 2020.
2018 ACORN Workshop Series Announced
All Addison County growers are invited to join us for this series of 2018 ACORN sponsored workshops and gatherings.
January 25: Farm to Farmstand Retailing for Farmers with Annie Harlow, VT Farm to Plate Retail Services
4:30-6:30, UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane; corner of Exchange St & Mainelli Roads, Middlebury
February 13: How to Work with Distributors to Open Up New Market Opportunities with Vermont Roots & Upper Valley Produce, 9:00am - 12pm noon, UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane; corner of Exchange St & Mainelli Roads, Middlebury
February 22: Meeting New Demand for Hemp: A Grower’s Perspective with VT Hemp Company, 5:00 - 7:00pm Happy Hour, Stonecutter Spirits, 1197 Exchange St, Middlebury
Feb 28 Ag-Tourism: Engaging Visitors with Farm-Based Education Network, Vermont Fresh Network, UVM Extension & local farms, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Goldenwell Farm and Apiaries, 1089 River Rd, New Haven
March 21: Help reclaim the original meaning of organic. An hour and half of information & conversation around soil-based and animal welfare organic standards with David Miskell at Lincoln Peak Vineyard, 5:00-6:30pm, 142 River Road, New Haven
Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Click on the highlighted name of the workshop you'd like to register for to pay via EventBrite.
Light snacks will be provided. All payments are a donation to ACORN's mission and tickets are non-refundable.
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.
November Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter
The Jacksonville National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting recently voted hydroponics into organic certification. Outgoing NOSB BOD member Francis Thicke gave a farewell address. After 5 years as a member his despair was evident at the Board's decision to abandon soil as the foundation of organic farming. This NOSB failure to protect organic standards was a watershed in the National Organic Program. The new recommendation to prohibit hydroponic production was defeated in an 8 to 7 vote, despite a large presence of real organic farmers at the meeting.
Read his farewell address here for insights- these are useful in understanding not only agricultural and land-use variables but also for all consumers to know that organic has lost its value as a set of standards that promotes animal well being and healthy soil-based ecosystems for food production.
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.