Photo: Trent Campbell
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.
ACORN Releases its 2016 Report
2016 marked ACORN's 11th year of working with the Addison County community to strengthen and grow the Champlain Valley's local food economy. In the last 12 months, we celebrated a number of landmark accomplishments: we published the largest Food and Farm Guide to date, created an ACORN Passport to local food and drink, hosted the first Producer and Buyers Forum, the 9th Annual Tour de Farms and the first Candidates Forum focused on local food and farm policy. We networked, educated, shared, learned, and advocated all in the name of securing a healthy, sustainable and resilient foodscape for future generations in the Champlain Valley.
And we couldn't have done any of it without you!
Our sights for 2017 are equally as ambitious. We plan to:
- Establish a mentoring program between older and younger growers to safeguard and transfer decades of knowledge, skills and experience to the next generation of farmers.
- Host a forum on “New Crops, New Products, New Markets” to match value-added producers seeking new crops with growers seeking diversification and new markets.
- Research and develop a marketing plan to launch a local produce pilot in Bristol to feed the 5-town community.
Will you contribute to our mission to continue to support our local farmers and food producers? Any donation of $50 or more is awarded with an ACORN Passport to local food and drink discounts to local restaurants, farms, CSAs and cafes around the area.
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 card here.
We value your support and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Jonathan and the ACORN Board
Thanks for a successful Tour de Farms!
Thanks to all the volunteers, riders, farmers and food producers who helped make our 9th annual Tour de Farms a great event!
See you next year!
2016 Guide to Local Food & Farms is Now Out!
Pick up your free copy at Addison County food stores, restaurants, shops and cafes!
September Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter
Tour de Farms is Coming Right Up!
Sunday, September 18th
Registration starts at 8:30 AM, After Party 1-5 PM
You asked, we listened! We have four new additions to this year's Tour de Farms, one of Vermont's oldest cycling farm tours.
- TWO routes: the flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. Advanced registration: $40/adults and $20/students and kids under 18
A Farm Bus is available for those who choose not to ride a bike. Share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscape from the comfort of the bus. The Bus will follow the 30-mile route and leaves at 10 AM. You must register in advance ($45), and space is limited.
- A concierge Farm Van will deliver purchased farm products to the Bristol Rec Field so riders don't need to carry extra weight with them. Please bring extra cash to purchase items direct on the farm to take home!
- An after party for ALL to attend with live music by the Doughboys, free Farmhouse ice cream for all riders, local craft beverages from Shacksbury Cider, Hogback Mountain Brewery, Savouré Soda and Lincoln Peak Vineyard, and a food truck!
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.