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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.
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.
The Local Motive will air online and on air starting January 19, 2017.
December Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter
Let's focus more of our attention and dollars on strengthening our local community!
You're invited to join us in reaching our goal with a donation supporting our work
In the last 12 months, we celebrated a number of landmark accomplishments. We published the largest Farm and Food guide to date, created an ACORN Passport to local food and drink, hosted the first Producer Buyer Forum, the 9th Tour de Farms, the first Candidates Forum focused on farm and food policy, and participated in a farm to preschool early educators collaboration. We networked, educated, shared, learned, and advocated all in the name of securing a healthy, sustainable and resilient food-scape for future generations in the Champlain Valley.
We couldn't have done any of it without you!
Our sights for 2017 are equally as ambitious. We plan to:
- Research and develop a marketing plan to launch a local produce pilot in Bristol to feed the 5-town community.
- 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.
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!
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.