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.
Support ACORN in 2018
In 2018, we will continue our core work including the Tour de Farms, Champlain Valley Guide to Local Food and Farms, Farm to School workshops and representing Addison County on subcommittees of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. In addition, we have ambitious plans to launch four new initiatives during 2018:
- Make the Addison County Food Commons a reality with plans to open the doors to this facility in the fall of 2018.
- Partner with local health care providers, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to provide “Health Care Shares” to 75 families in Addison County.
- Host 4-6 community meetings around sustainable local food systems. These would take the form of table-top exercises focused on community and problem solving.
- Partner with local preschools to institute and sustain a Farm-to-Preschool Program. This program would focus on nutrition, cooking, and health for young families. We would like to empower and make assets of these families to ensure the future of the local food system.
We can only accomplish these efforts and continue the work of ACORN with your help. Most of the work done by ACORN is done by a dedicated Board of Directors, however, to promote, plan, and realize the goals of the projects listed above, our organization needs working capital. A big part of that capital each year comes from the generous contributions of donors.
Contribute $50 or more and receive an ACORN Passport to discounts at local farms, restaurants and cafes.
Checks made payable to ACORN Network can be sent to PO Box 65, Middlebury, VT 05753 or you can donate via PayPal or credit/debit cards here.
Thank you in advance for supporting ACORN and our mission. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events next year.
2nd Annual Producer Buyer Forum was Nov. 2nd
ACORN Forum: Mission Accomplished
A keynote by Greg Georgaklis, of Farmers to You, covered the intertwined topics of eight panelists. The event is created so buyers, producers across all food categories, distributors and food system thinkers can have plenty of time to work the room, network and build strong alliances that promote stronger business to business partnerships.
We have been receiving fabulous feedback on this unique format which guarantees time to delve into deep conversations. Thanks to all who came from around the state to support our concept. We think we are on to something unique to help reach Farm to Plate goals.
Jonathan Slason, RFP Logistics
Kathleen Norris, Homestead Hops
Gemma DiPalma, Five Acres Farm
Ben Maniscalco, Benito's Hot Sauce
Dan Chang, Kria CBD products
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.