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January Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter

 Vermont Wins Big!

Addison County has two big winners for the nationally recognized Good Food Awards.  ACORN proudly announces winners 

V Smiley Preserves for the unique Spicy & Smoky Heirloom Tomato Honey Jam  & Stonecutter Spirits for their extraordinary Single Barrel Gin. Shacksbury Cider was a finalist this year for their Rose Cider.

A big shout out to the Vermont companies excelling in creating unique and fabulous products. They are Rooted In Vermont!

Read more of this month’s Cultivating Connections.


ACORN is hiring in 2019

Open Position: Addison County Farmacy Project Coordinator

The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) a community non-profit whose mission is to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, is seeking an experienced project manager to coordinate the Addison County Farmacy Project (ACFP). The mission of ACFP is to connect families in the Porter Medical Center and Mountain Health Center service areas facing food insecurity and diet-related illnesses with a health care provider’s prescription for a local farm share of fruits and vegetables, supplemented with nutrition and cooking education.

Position Details

● This position requires an approximate average of 32 hours a month with some months being more and some slightly less.

● The coordinator will recruit, organize, and communicate with farms providing shares to the project.

● The coordinator will facilitate the invoicing and payment process between contracted farms and the treasure of ACORN.

● The coordinator will provide assistance to participating practices for the purposes of communication, planning, assessment and logistics coordination between practices, patients, and farms.

● The coordinator will provide assistance to education staff and programs for the purposes of communication, planning and logistics coordination between patients, educators, and participating facilities.

● The coordinator will recruit, train and communicate with any volunteers assisting with the project.

● The coordinator will supervise at least one college intern for 8 weeks during the summer of 2019 and will assist the Executive Director of ACORN in writing a job description and with recruitment of this intern.

● The coordinator will write and submit at least three (3) press releases to media outlets.

● The coordinator will work with the ACORN marketing manager to promote the AFCP via posters, postcards, social media and other media outlets.

● The coordinator, in conjunction will the Executive Director of ACORN, will develop an agenda and schedule a monthly meeting of the ACFP Advisory Committee.

● The coordinator will insure that a clinical data tracking system is in place at each practice and that data is being collected and monitored by individual health care provider partners.

● The coordinator will submit monthly status reports to the ACORN Executive Director by the third Monday of each month and a final comprehensive report in November articulating the project’s outcomes, data analysis, and sustainability planning.

Other Considerations

● ACORN does not have an office or any office resources. Coordinator must be willing to use own computer and software for work.

● Mileage for required travel is reimbursed at the rate of $0.35 per mile up to a maximum of $50 per month to cover required travel.

● Reimbursement for pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses

● This is a contract position and does not imply an employee/employer relationship

● Coordinator will need to provide proof of liability insurance.

● Start Date is January 15, 2019.

Applicants can apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:

D. Lynn Coale – Executive Director, ACORN

P.O. Box 65

Middlebury, Vt.

Or via email at Dorseycoale@gmail.com


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.

Eli Lesser-goldsmith of burlington’s healthy living market & cafe speaks during acorn’s 3rd annual producer, buyer and distributor forum.

Eli Lesser-goldsmith of burlington’s healthy living market & cafe speaks during acorn’s 3rd annual producer, buyer and distributor forum.

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.


2018 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.


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.


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