VERMONT FARM-TO-SCHOOL INC

Connecting Farms, Schools, and Communities

aka Green Mountain Farm-to-School   |   Newport, VT   |  www.GreenMountainFarmtoSchool.org

Mission

A leader in the growing farm-to-school movement in Vermont, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS’ school gardens, Farm-to-School Program, food hub, food truck, and statewide marketing campaign.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Catherine Cusack

Main address

115 2nd Street

Newport, VT 05855 USA

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EIN

41-2273707

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Sprouts After-School Program

is a year-round, after-school program for grades 2-6
that promotes healthy lifestyle choices through hands-on garden and cooking
activities. Sprouts educators teach a comprehensive nutrition and agriculture
curriculum consisting of 35 standardized workshops on topics including
gardening, farming, nutrition, and cooking. Through hands-on gardening and
cooking activities, we seek to increase students’ exposure to fresh, nutritious
foods, recognizing that when students have participated in growing, harvesting
and preparing foods, they are more likely to try new foods and make healthy
food choices.

Population(s) Served

Through the a
Farm-to-School Coordinator works with school staff to develop, implement and
evaluate Farm-to-School program activities such as
taste tests, school gardens, farm field trips, nutrition education and more. The
Farm-to-School Coordinator also
works at the school district level to disseminate best practices and build a
network of Farm-to-School Programs. This program ensures that every child has
access to fresh local food and hands-on nutrition education.

Population(s) Served

is a regional food distribution system that delivers
Vermont farm products to schools and other institutions. Through easy ordering
and coordinated delivery, these purchases strengthen our local economy, provide
Vermonters with fresh food, and build lasting relationships in our
communities.

Population(s) Served

FarmCorps is a job and life skills training program for at-risk youth and young adults that combines hands-on agriculture work, community service, and skill building workshops.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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VERMONT FARM-TO-SCHOOL INC

Board of directors
as of 11/02/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Stackpole

Stackpole & French


Board co-chair

John Castle

David Stackpole

Stackpole & French

Steve Wright

Jay Peak Resort

Merlin Backus

John Castle

North Country Supervisory Union

Steve Breault

Newport Natural Foods

Hope Colburn

Community National Bank

Colleen Moore de Ortiz

Vermont Department of Health

Mike Moseley

Pediatrician

Kathie Sims

Neurologist