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’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.
ACORN’s Winter Workshop Series
March 13: Grower to Grower: Meeting Market Demand for Organic Corn
When: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: UVM Extension, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury
Who: Organic corn is a much sought after ingredient for VT Tortilla Company. Join the conversation on sourcing for future demand for organic corn in this grower to grower conversation about fertility and crop rotations to meet market demands. Suitable for producers seeking learn more about crops to meet expanding demand for locally sourced ingredient. Azur Moulaert of Vermont Tortilla and farmers growing corn to meet their needs will lead the conversation.
More info & Register Here
Registration is required, checks must be received prior to Feb 27th. Registration fees are a donation to ACORN and are non-refundable. In the event of severe weather we will do our best to resched
Photos from ACORN’s 2019 Winter Workshop Series
February Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter
ACORN Winter Workshops are Underway!
Every year for the past...who knows now! ACORN has sponsored workshops for farmers and value added food producers. Thanks to the generous support of the Linthilhac Foundation we continue this year with a slate of great speakers.
Feb 13 is a sold out Grower to Grower Hemp Workshop. With so much interest in this topic we may host another this spring. Feb 22 Selling Your Products Direct to Store Delivery & Using Brokers Co-Sponsored with ACEDC, this is perfect for food and wellness businesses interested in expanding their sales skills and understand how to get your products into regional markets. Seth Walker of Healthy Living & Dan Reilly of Equinox Food Brokers help you with direct to store deliveries & working with distributors and brokers.
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.
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.