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Northeast Kingdom Farms Lay Roots in Local Schools, Institutions
Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), a food hub run by Green Mountain Farm-to-School, is working to connect local farmers with schools, restaurants, and institutions across northern Vermont to increase the farm’s sales and boost consumption of local food in institutions and the overall region. Those partnerships have created a distribution infrastructure in the region that has helped to improve the community’s access to healthy, local food while also growing the local economy.
“It’s easy to grow the stuff, the hard part is figuring out the outlet […],” says Molly Willard of Willow Brook Farm in Peacham, Vt.
Started in 2008, GMFD has helped to facilitate over $1 million in sales for farmers and food producers in northern Vermont. With over 100 active customers, more local food than ever before is being featured in the meals of schools, hospitals, and other institutions across the region.
“Green Mountain Farm Direct is working on building a local food system where we are picking up products at our local area farms and delivering it right to the door of our customers.” says Catherine Cusack, Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s assistant director.
Find out more information about Green Mountain Farm Direct and the farmers and food producers that are working with to increase the amount of local food bought and consumed in Northern Vermont by watching the video below. Also visit www.GreenMountainFarmDirect.org.