GMFTS Welcomes Two New Staff Members

By on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is happy to announce the arrival of two new additions to our team – Jessica Weston and Laurie Evans. Jessica joined in September as Communications and Development Coordinator, and Laurie joined in October as Finance Coordinator. Jessica is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Read the full article…


Open Position: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

By on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Start-Date: Flexible, Fall/Winter 2019 End-Date: August 7th, 2020 Location: Newport, Vermont About Green Mountain Farm-to-School Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In the 2019-2020 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve Read the full article…


Local School Harvest Festivals are a Success!

By on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 in Farm-to-School, Press Release, Uncategorized. No Comments

NEWPORT, VT Contact: Jessica Weston, jweston@gmfts.org, (802) 334-2044 October 9, 2019 Did you know? October is National Farm to School Month! Green Mountain Farm To School (GMFTS) was excited to celebrate this occasion with the successful completion of several Harvest Festivals at 11 different Northeast Kingdom Schools. These festivals are a unique culmination of the Read the full article…


Fall 2019 On Farm Community Dinner

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GMFTS Coaches State Grant Recipients in Farm to School

By on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

In February 2019, Farm to School Program Manager, Maire Folan, began serving as a coach for the 2019 grantees of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Farm to School Program. The coaching support Folan is providing over the two-year grant period is essential to sustaining the grantee’s Farm to School efforts far Read the full article…


19 school gardens thrive through the summer

By on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

NEWPORT, VT – July 29, 2019 A cornerstone of Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s programming is the 19 school gardens we plant, maintain, and harvest with the help of five AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinators. These school gardens provide rich learning opportunities for the students we work with, offering lessons in topics such as environmental chemistry, geometry, Read the full article…


The Lunchbox is on track to serve more free, locally-sourced meals than ever before!

By on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Since June 19th, the Lunchbox food truck has served over 1800 free youth meals in Barton, Newport, and Derby, Vermont. The Lunchbox is a free summer meal site and mobile learning kitchen operated in partnership by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) and the Abbey Food Service Group. The program aims to provide the community with healthy Read the full article…


The Children’s Literacy Foundation Brings Stories and Books to the Lunchbox

By on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Contact: Sophie Westover swestover@gmfts.org 802 334 2044 [Newport, VT] — On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Barton Public Library, children and teens are invited to a storytelling presentation and brand-new book give away at Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s (GMFTS) Lunchbox food truck. This event is made possible by a Read the full article…


2019 Summer Block Party Kicks off Summer

By on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is hosting it’s 5th Summer Block Party in the Kingdom, a free community event, on June 20 from 3 PM to 6 PM at Gardner Park in Newport. The event marks the start of GMFTS’ summer meal program, the Lunchbox food truck, and will feature free meals for kids 18 and Read the full article…


Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

The Lunchbox, a summer meal program providing food education, is on the road again this season! Starting June 19th, the Lunchbox will be serving 10 weeks of free meals to kids 18 and under throughout the summer. Lunch is served from 11 AM – 1 PM from June 19th through August 14th and supper will Read the full article…


Production Planning: Bringing Harvest of the Month Foods to Cafeteria Plates

By on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

How three GMFTS programs – Green Mountain Farm Direct, Farm to School, and the Vermont Harvest of the Month – work together to increase the amount of fresh Vermont-grown foods on cafeteria plates. In 2009, GMFTS founded its mission-driven food hub, Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), to increase access to healthy food by delivering from Read the full article…


GMFTS 2017-2018 Annual Report

By on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm to School is pleased to share our 2017-2018 Annual Report with our community. Read the full report here.


We’re Hiring: Food Hub Logistics Manager

By on Friday, April 26th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

See Full Posting: 2019 Food Hub Logistics Manager Green Mountain Farm-to-SchoolFood Hub Logistics Manager Location:Newport,Vermont Position Description Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic professional with strong organization skills to support the growth and operations of our food hub. The Food Hub Logistics Manager will manage the operations and systems of Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), Read the full article…


Green Mountain Farm-to School to Honor School Lunch Heroes

By on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

School Lunch Hero Day is May 3, 2019 NEWPORT, Vermont – Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) works with a variety of school nutrition staff at schools throughout the region. These professionals are critical to getting local food onto cafeteria plates and go above and beyond to support GMFTS’s farm to school programming at the schools we Read the full article…


The ‘Coventry Shredders’ join the 12th Annual Jr. Iron Chef competition

By on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 in Farm-to-School, Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Uncategorized. No Comments

By: Rachel Proctor April 9, 2019 NEWPORT, VERMONT- Four, sixth-grade students from Coventry Village School were proud to compete with 67 other Vermont schools at the 12th Annual Jr. Iron Chef competition hosted by Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) on March 16th at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. The Read the full article…


Employment Opportunity: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

By on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Full Posting: GMFTS FTS Coordinator, 2019-2020 This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the NEK of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their Read the full article…


GMFTS & Jay Peak Resort hosts the 11th Annual Taste of the Kingdom

By on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 in Uncategorized. No Comments

NEWPORT — The 11th Annual Taste of the Kingdom, a fundraising event held by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will take place on February 27th at 6 p.m. at Jay Peak Resort’s Foeger Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase online . Guests will enjoy small plates and sample beverages from over 20 Read the full article…


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program increases access to healthy foods

By on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

For the fourth consecutive year, Green Mountain Farm-to-School is offering $60,000 in coupons for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of Essex and Orleans counties enrolled in 3SquaresVT, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Coupon program annually reaches over 3000 households in an Read the full article…


Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October

By on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools, food, and local farmers! Farm to school enriches the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. With Read the full article…


Customer Spotlight: Craig Lorcano on 9 years with Farm Direct

By on Monday, September 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s mission-driven food hub, Green Mountain Farm Direct (Farm Direct), is a reliable source for wholesale local food purchasing that is working to improve farm viability in the region. Last year, GMFD worked with 34 food producers to distribute $409,344 worth of local food to almost 100 schools, retailers, and institutions in Northern Read the full article…


Lunchbox food truck works to fill summer nutrition gap

By on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s mobile summer meal site, the Lunchbox food truck spent the summer out on the road again serving up free healthy, locally-sourced meals to our community. This year, the Lunchbox served 1,820 free meals to children, an 18 percent increase from the number of free meals the truck served in 2017. Additionally, 497 Read the full article…


Farm to School Coordinators gear up for the coming school year

By on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Farm field trips, taste tests, cooking lessons, harvest festivals, and soil science projects are just a few components of the hands-on education AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinators provide to students across the region. We caught up with some of our current Farm to School Coordinators to hear what they are excited about this coming school year Read the full article…


GMFTS Giving Day raises over $30,000 to support programming

By on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 in Uncategorized. No Comments

June 11, 2018 Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) would like to extend its most sincere thank you to supporters of its first-ever Giving Day held on June 1, 2018. The day brought in over $20,000 in gifts, along with a $10,000 matching gift from a generous anonymous donor, bringing the total raised to over $30,000. The Read the full article…


Meet the GMFTS Team

By on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized. No Comments

At Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) the beginning of the school year brings with it so many things – the harvest is in full swing, the weather is beginning to change, and the organization is welcoming new and second year AmeriCorps farm-to-school coordinators. Read More…


Gala on the Lake Goes Swimmingly

By on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) hosted its 4th Annual Gala on the Lake in August, raising over $6,500 that will go towards tending school gardens, sourcing local food in the cafeteria, and working to create healthy communities centered around good food. Read More…


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AmeriCrops Growing Knowledge of Nutrition and Local Agriculture

By on Friday, February 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 For Immediate Release Students Growing Knowledge of Nutrition and Local Agriculture Be on the lookout, AmeriCorps members serving with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) as farm-to-schoolcoordinators are bringing place-based nutrition and agriculture education into schools across the Northeast Kingdom – 27 Read the full article…


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Year in Photos | Green Mountain Farm-to-School

By on Friday, January 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 Year in Photos| Green Mountain Farm-to-School At Green Mountain Farm-to-School we are very thankful to have enjoyed a great year! We worked in classrooms across the Northeast Kingdom providing nutrition and agriculture education, served free, nutritious meals during the summer Read the full article…


Join GMFTS in Celebrating #GivingTuesday!

By on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Today is #GivingTuesday!If we receive 50 gifts today, a generous Green Mountain Farm-to-School supporter has pledged $5,000 towards the organization. Will you help us realize our goal? Together we can connect more Vermonters to healthy, affordable, and local food.


Farm-to-School Conference Sows Ideas in Northeast Kingdom

By on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 For Immediate Release Farm-to-School Conference Sows Ideas in Northeast Kingdom Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), in collaboration with Sterling College, hosted over 100 farm-to-school enthusiasts, advocates, and professionals for a day of networking and education at the 2nd Annual Northeast Kingdom Read the full article…


Farming for more than just a Profit – Harvest Hill Farm

By on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Farming for more than just a Profit – Harvest Hill Farm “The mission of the farm is to grow high quality, organic vegetables at an affordable price,” says Bill Half, owner of Harvest Hill Farm in Walden, Read the full article…


Farm-to-School Grows All Year in Vermont

By on Monday, October 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Farm-to-School Grows All Year in Vermont Vermont- 10/19/2015 – October is National Farm-to-School Month, a nationwide celebration of farm-to-school established by Congress in 2010, and schools, organizations, and institutions in Vermont have a lot to celebrate. More than Read the full article…


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Northern Vermont Food Hub Refocused and Redesigned

By on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northern Vermont Food Hub Refocused and Redesigned Green Mountain Farm Direct (Farm Direct), the regional food hub operated by Green Mountain Farm-to-School, is continuing to grow as they roll out a new look and streamline operations that promise to Read the full article…


Coupons Encourage Fresh Eating in Northeast Kingdom

By on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coupons Encourage Fresh Eating in Northeast Kingdom Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is piloting a new program that allows Orleans and Essex county residents participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 3SquaresVT, to purchase an additional $75 of Read the full article…


New Faces of Green Mountain Farm-to-School

By on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Faces of Green Mountain Farm-to-School Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) welcomed five new AmeriCorps members, one returning AmeriCorps member, and two new full-time staff this past August. In 2015, Vermont ranked fourth among states for the most Read the full article…


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