GMFTS Welcomes Three New Team Members

By on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 in Press Release. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is pleased to welcome three new talented individuals to their staff – Sophie Westover, Jeyna Diallo, and Nick Chmura. Read More…

Summer Block Party Kicks Off Summer in Newport

By on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in Press Release. No Comments

The 4th Annual Summer Block Party will be held at Gardner Park in Newport, Vt. on Thursday, June 22 from 3 PM to 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

The afternoon will feature free food for all kids 18-years-old and younger from the Lunchbox food truck, family-friendly games and activities such as dancing and face painting, and a fun-run around the park. The Summer Block Party is hosted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School and Newport Parks and Recreation. Read More…

Northeast Kingdom Farms Lay Roots in Local Schools, Institutions

By on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 in Press Release. No Comments

Green Mountain Farm Direct, 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. Watch the video…

Organic Co-op Deeply Rooted in New England Agriculture

By on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 in Press Release. No Comments

Founded in 1986, Deep Root Organic Cooperative is one of the oldest co-ops of organic vegetables growers in the United States. Having evolved into a 23 member farmer-owned cooperative, they source organic produce, year-round, from member farms located throughout northern Vermont and southern Quebec. Read More…

Berry Fun at Smitty’s Farm

By on Friday, August 12th, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

Started in 2006, Sharon and Greg “Smitty” Smith, have grown Smitty’s Farm, formerly known as North Derby Organic Berry Farm, from 2,000 berry plants to over 35,000 today Read More…

Coupon Program Helps Low-Income NEK Residents

By on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

The final report for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program, compiled by Wholesome Wave based off of information collected by the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has been released by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS). Read More…

EatingWell Helps Vermonters Celebrate Harvest of the Month

By on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

EatingWell, an award-winning national consumer magazine based out of Shelburne, Vt., has teamed up with Green Mountain Farm-to-School and Vermont Harvest of the Month to create and fund easy-to-use recipes and recipe booklets featuring each month’s celebrated harvest that will be used throughout the state to promote healthy, seasonal eating. Read More…

The Quiet Sugarers: Kingdom Mountain Maple

By on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

Dan and Kim Backus live nestled into the foothills of the Green Mountains in Westfield, Vt., surrounded by mostly forest. They raise beef cows and grow hay in their open pastures, they cut firewood and sawlogs, and they produce a little bit of honey. Aside from Kim’s culinary prose as kitchen manager for Craftsbury Outdoor Center, the Backus’ are known in the Northeast Kingdom for something Dan has been doing for three decades – sugaring. Read More…

Coventry Chefs Compete in Culinary Cook-off for Kids

By on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

Coventry, Vermont – A mix of delicious aromas filled the air of the Champlain Valley Exposition Center on Saturday, March 19, as over 50 teams of middle school and high school students competed in the Jr. Iron Chef competition run by Vermont Food Education Every Day (FEED). Plates of locally sourced, vegetarian dishes were being chopped, sautéed, and baked into existence by students, as young as sixth grade, that had spent weeks practicing and perfecting their culinary skills.

GMFTS Founder Nationally Recognized for ‘Shaping Rural America’

By on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments

Newport, Vermont – Katherine Sims, founder and executive director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), is being recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.