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.
2019 Champlain Valley Guide to Local Food and Farms is Out Now!
The Champlain Valley Guide to Local Food and Farms is an annual publication featuring a directory of local food producers in the region.
The Addison Independent released the Guide as an insert in the May 2 edition, and we mailed 22,000 copies directly to every household and business in Addison County and the surrounding region.
Use the Guide as a year-round resource for buying local! Pick up your free copy at Addison County food stores, restaurants, shops and cafes! OR click here to read the Guide online.
ACORN’s Farmacy Project Awarded Grant
ACORN is grateful to have received one of the grants awarded by the Middlebury Maple Run, a fantastic event that promotes outdoor engagement and physical activity. Our organization will put this generous donation towards our Farmacy summer pilot project. We will provide 45 Addison County residents with healthy food from 3 local farms, as well as counseling and nutritional resources. The program targets individuals who face food insecurity and chronic illness, while at the same time, works to bolster up-and-coming farms that often struggle to find a market for their products. The money donated to our project will go directly towards purchasing prescribed CSA shares, impacting the lives of local residents.
Photos from ACORN’s 2019 Winter Workshop Series
June Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter
Rooted In Vermont: June Strawberries Promotion
This week, Rooted in Vermont is launching a statewide radio campaign that will be running from now into October. Each month will feature a 'Rooted in Vermont product' encouraging listeners to seek it out at their favorite stores, farm stands, farms, and pick-your-own areas.
The ads, which will not be calling out specific brands, will be running across multiple stations throughout the month that reach every corner of the state.
Here in Addison County (& the Champlain Valley!) we have some significant berry growers with PYO operations, pre-picked at farmstands, and fantastic wholesale growers.
ACORN's 3rd Annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum
The 2018 Forum was held Wednesday, November 7 at Kirk Alumni Hall, Middlebury College, from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. This event connected buyers, producers across all food categories, distributors and food system thinkers. There was be a panel, a Keynote by April Moulaert of Vermont Tortilla Company and networking and building strong alliances that promote stronger business to business partnerships.
Panelists included Netaka White, hemp consultant, Marikje Shemendine of It's Arthur's Fault! Sauces and Marinades, Rosalie Schleinig of Red Tomato Produce, Thomas Wentworth, Farm to Plate Consultant, Joshua Pfiel of Vermont Pepperworks and Eli Lesser Goldsmith of Healthy Living, among other notable speakers.
We have been receiving fabulous feedback on this unique format which guarantees time to delve into deep conversations and work together to meet Vermont's Farm to Plate goals.
This event is #RootedinVermont and ACORN is an active member in the Farm to Plate Network.
Rikert Adaptive Trike Program
Help Adaptive Trike Rikert create an adaptive trike and bike program at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont! This program would make adaptive trikes available to people with limited physical abilities, allowing them to access the great outdoors and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of year-round exercise.
The funds raised during this campaign will be used to purchase an electrically-assisted foot-powered recumbent fat-tire trike from Hase Bikes USA and RAD Innovations Vermont. Any funds remaining after the purchase of the trike will go towards growing the program to include more trikes and bikes, and to create partnerships with other winter sports centers around Vermont.
While there are currently other adaptive winter sports programs available, they are mostly geared towards competition. We want to create a program that is open and accessible to anyone at any skill level. Learn more about the Rikert Adaptive Trike Program here: https://www.gofundme.com/adaptive-trike-rikert
No-till Farmers Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser Keynote from the 2017 NOFA/ Mass Winter Conference
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.