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Going on Now! How Do You Get Your Garden On? CONTEST!

Join Green Mountain Farm-to School on Social Media! Take a photo or short video of your garden! Tell us how you celebrate VT’s agricultural heritage! Tag us (Green Mountain Farm-to-School) in your post or post right onto [...]

Going on Now! How Do You Get Your Garden On? CONTEST!2022-07-11T21:24:57+00:00

Vermont Everyone Eats Continues Through April 1, 2022

NEWPORT, VT Green Mountain Farm-to-School Contact: Alida Farrell, afarrell@gmfts.org, (802) 334-2044 January 3, 2022 Vermont Everyone Eats Continues Through April 1, 2022 Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE), the innovative COVID-19 response program that provides meal assistance to Vermonters [...]

Vermont Everyone Eats Continues Through April 1, 20222022-01-19T20:22:43+00:00

Fall 2021 Newsletter

Click here to read our Fall newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e272160a11b/gmfts-spring-newsletter-4876338?e=ff5f03a9f2

Fall 2021 Newsletter2022-01-19T20:20:35+00:00

Matt Landi Named Director of Brand and Business Development for Vermont Way Foods™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matt Landi, Director of Brand and Business Development, Vermont Way Foods™ or Catherine Cusack, Communications Committee Chair, Vermont Food Hub Collaborative L3C Phone: (831) 818-0179 (Matt) (802) 334-2044 (Catherine) Email: Matt@vermontwayfoods.com Matt Landi [...]

Matt Landi Named Director of Brand and Business Development for Vermont Way Foods™2022-01-19T20:17:36+00:00

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Read our Spring Newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/38d3315b8236/gmfts-spring-newsletter-4811866?e=9afbbebcf6

Spring 2021 Newsletter2022-01-19T20:13:04+00:00

Vermont Everyone Eats, One Million Meals Served

CONTACTS Alida Farrell Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator Green Mountain Farm to School afarrell@gmfts.org Meghan Wayland Food Access Coordinator The Center for an Agricultural Economy meghan@hardwickagricultre.com Everyone Eats, one million meals served On Thursday, April 29, [...]

Vermont Everyone Eats, One Million Meals Served2022-01-19T20:10:19+00:00

GMFTS Delivering Free Meals to Migrant Farm Workers in the NEK through Vermont Everyone Eats

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Delivering Free Meals to Migrant Farm Workers in the NEK through Vermont Everyone EatsNEWPORT, VTContact: Alida Farrell, Local Food Access Coordinatorafarrell@gmfts.orgMarch 22, 2021In an effort to reach some of the most important yet underserved [...]

GMFTS Delivering Free Meals to Migrant Farm Workers in the NEK through Vermont Everyone Eats2021-03-24T14:40:28+00:00

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Click here to read the Winter 2021 Newsletter from GMFTS: https://mailchi.mp/1f44344ea7cc/gmfts-spring-newsletter-4721290

Winter 2021 Newsletter2021-01-19T18:26:37+00:00

Green Mountain Farm Direct Hits Record Sales Week, Distributes More Local Food to NEK Communities

NEWPORT, VTContact: Amrita Parry, Food Hub Accounts ManagerGreen Mountain Farm-to-Schoolaparry@gmfts.org (802) 334-2044   Green Mountain Farm Direct Hits Record Sales Week, Distributes More Local Food to NEK Communities Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a small nonprofit based out of [...]

Green Mountain Farm Direct Hits Record Sales Week, Distributes More Local Food to NEK Communities2021-01-08T17:29:15+00:00

GMFTS Receives New Grants from the Vermont Community Foundation to Increase Capacity, Address Food Insecurity in the NEK

Alida Farrell, GMFTS’s new Local Food Access Coordinator, pictured with bags of food prepared at the Orleans Federated Church Community Food Shelf. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWPORT, VT Contact: Jessica Weston,  Communications and Development Coordinator Green Mountain Farm-to-School [...]

GMFTS Receives New Grants from the Vermont Community Foundation to Increase Capacity, Address Food Insecurity in the NEK2020-12-17T22:45:10+00:00

Teaching Garden-Based Education on Abenaki Land

By Esmé Forbes, AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinaor Map of Abenaki Tribes in the NortheastSource: http://abenakiart.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Grades_3_to_5_-_Study_Guide_-_Alnobak.95203501.pdf Green Mountain Farm-to-Schools programs operate throughout the Northeast Kingdom. This is the ancestral and current homeland of the Nulhegan Band of [...]

Teaching Garden-Based Education on Abenaki Land2020-12-07T18:03:02+00:00

Dismantling the Thanksgiving Myth with Kids

By Esmé Forbes, AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator Visual depiction of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address (Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen) - Greetings to the Natural World by Erwin Printup, Jr. The illustration is from the book, Giving Thanks: A Native American [...]

Dismantling the Thanksgiving Myth with Kids2020-11-23T19:14:43+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Delivers Free Meals for Vermont Everyone Eats

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has partnered with the new Vermont Everyone Eats program to distribute prepared meals to people negatively impacted by the pandemic. GMFTS is delivering 350 meals per week in the NEK. The program reimburses [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Delivers Free Meals for Vermont Everyone Eats2020-11-05T16:48:54+00:00

GMFTS is The White Market’s “Coins for Community” Partner during October

Big news! Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has partnered with the White Market for their Coins for Community program which allows customers to donate to a rotating local nonprofit organization each month.  For the entire month of October, [...]

GMFTS is The White Market’s “Coins for Community” Partner during October2020-10-15T14:33:07+00:00

Farm to School is Enhancing the Outdoor Classroom in Northeast Kingdom Schools

NEWPORT, VT Contact: Maire Folan, mfolan@gmfts.org (802) 334-2044 September 21, 2020 Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is working with 15 schools in the Northeast Kingdom to provide meaningful STEM learning opportunities in the outdoors this school year. “Outdoor [...]

Farm to School is Enhancing the Outdoor Classroom in Northeast Kingdom Schools2020-10-15T14:33:30+00:00

GMFTS Hosts Free Local Food Distribution Event with NEKCA in Canaan

NEWPORT, VTContact: Jessica Weston, jweston@gmfts.org, (802) 334-2044September 16, 2020Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a small nonprofit based out of Newport, VT, has been working to fight ongoing COVID-19 related food insecurity while contributing to local economic recovery by [...]

GMFTS Hosts Free Local Food Distribution Event with NEKCA in Canaan2020-10-15T14:34:12+00:00

End of Summer Newsletter from GMFTS

Click here to view our end of summer newsletter and read about what we've been up to the past couple months!

End of Summer Newsletter from GMFTS2020-09-16T13:13:40+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Launches New Initiatives to Fight COVID-19 Food Insecurity in the Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT, VTContact: Jessica Weston, jweston@gmfts.org, (802) 334-2044July 20, 2020 Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a small nonprofit organization seeks to mitigate COVID-related food insecurity and promote the use of local food in the Northeast Kingdom through various new [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Launches New Initiatives to Fight COVID-19 Food Insecurity in the Northeast Kingdom2020-10-15T14:34:48+00:00

The Market Basket Returns to Provide Free, Local Produce to the Community

In an effort to get more local food out to our community and to reduce waste in school gardens, GMFTS is expanding the Lunchbox’s “Market Basket” program for 2020. After a successful pilot year in 2019, Green [...]

The Market Basket Returns to Provide Free, Local Produce to the Community2020-07-14T18:52:20+00:00

The Lunchbox Returns with Free Summer Meal Service for Children

The Lunchbox, a mobile food truck and free meal service, is on back on the road after a long winter hibernation! Starting June 17th, the Lunchbox will be serving 9 weeks of free meals to kids 18 [...]

The Lunchbox Returns with Free Summer Meal Service for Children2020-06-10T17:51:28+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Receives $10,000 Grant to Purchase and Deliver Local Food for Area Food Pantries

NEWPORT, VTContact: Jessica Weston, jweston@gmfts.org, (802) 334-2044May 5, 2020Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), a local food hub run by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), works to connect local farms with schools, restaurants, and institutions across Northern Vermont to [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Receives $10,000 Grant to Purchase and Deliver Local Food for Area Food Pantries2020-05-12T18:50:12+00:00

#GivingTuesdayNow and Beyond – A Spring Fundraiser to Support GMFTS’s Response to COVID-19

#GivingTuesdayNow and Beyond - A Spring Fundraiser to Support GMFTS’s Response to COVID-19Here at Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) we are encouraged by the resiliency of our community under such sudden and extraordinary pressures. We have seen so [...]

#GivingTuesdayNow and Beyond – A Spring Fundraiser to Support GMFTS’s Response to COVID-192020-05-04T19:14:30+00:00

GMFTS Finding New Ways to Support our Community

With Spring, there comes Hope ...and GARDENS! Dear GMFTS Family - in these times of uncertainty we are grateful to have you as our friends, partners, and supporters - - we are thinking of you and hope [...]

GMFTS Finding New Ways to Support our Community2020-04-14T16:32:33+00:00

An Update from Green Mountain Farm Direct Regarding COVID-19

Dear Farm Direct community, We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Green Mountain Farm Direct remains open and operational and we are dedicated to bringing you fresh, [...]

An Update from Green Mountain Farm Direct Regarding COVID-192020-03-23T15:09:57+00:00

Benefit Raffle: Win a Jay Peak Getaway!

Online sales for the raffle are now closed! Tickets may be purchased in-person at the 12th Annual Taste of the Kingdom until 8pm

Benefit Raffle: Win a Jay Peak Getaway!2020-02-26T17:45:12+00:00

GMFTS Helps Host Northeast Regional Farm to School Gathering at Canaan School

At Canaan School this past October, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) hosted the Vermont Farm to School Network’s Regional Fall Gathering for the Northeast. The gathering served as a celebration [...]

GMFTS Helps Host Northeast Regional Farm to School Gathering at Canaan School2020-01-06T13:37:28+00:00

Farm Direct Engages in first Hub-to-Hub Transaction

In early December, Green Mountain Farm to School (GMFTS)’s local food hub, Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), successfully engaged in it’s first hub-to-hub transaction in an effort to expand the product catalog for the holidays. GMFD is [...]

Farm Direct Engages in first Hub-to-Hub Transaction2019-12-27T20:31:39+00:00

GMFTS Welcomes Two New Staff Members

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 [...]

GMFTS Welcomes Two New Staff Members2019-11-14T14:17:26+00:00

Open Position: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

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 [...]

Open Position: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator2019-10-31T18:29:52+00:00

Local School Harvest Festivals are a Success!

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 [...]

Local School Harvest Festivals are a Success!2019-10-09T15:14:38+00:00

GMFTS Coaches State Grant Recipients in Farm to School

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 [...]

GMFTS Coaches State Grant Recipients in Farm to School2019-08-29T15:35:16+00:00

Lunchbox sees 76% increase in free meals served

August 28, 2019 - NEWPORT, VT Between June 19th and August 15th, the Lunchbox food truck, a free summer meal site, served 3,219 free meals to kids and teens and sold 583 adult meals to community members [...]

Lunchbox sees 76% increase in free meals served2019-08-29T15:27:28+00:00

4th Biennial Northeast Kingdom Farm to School Conference

Thanks for your interest in our Farm to School Conference! We are postponing this year's conference to a later date. Please stay tuned for more details!

4th Biennial Northeast Kingdom Farm to School Conference2019-09-06T14:35:37+00:00

19 school gardens thrive through the summer

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 [...]

19 school gardens thrive through the summer2019-07-31T15:59:07+00:00

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

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 [...]

The Children’s Literacy Foundation Brings Stories and Books to the Lunchbox2019-07-02T18:25:08+00:00

2019 Summer Block Party Kicks off Summer

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 [...]

2019 Summer Block Party Kicks off Summer2019-06-06T14:24:25+00:00

Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program

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. [...]

Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program2019-05-30T20:01:41+00:00

GMFTS brings $68,000 worth of fresh produce to SNAP recipients

NEWPORT, VT - May 9, 2019 On April 30, Green Mountain Farm-to-School ended its fourth year of operating the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Coupon Program, distributing $70,000 worth of coupons for fresh produce to residents of Essex [...]

GMFTS brings $68,000 worth of fresh produce to SNAP recipients2019-05-30T19:52:07+00:00

Join GMFTS for our 2nd Annual Giving Day!

Don’t see a level that works for you? No worries, give what you can, and we’ll be sure to put it to good use! Click here to give

Join GMFTS for our 2nd Annual Giving Day!2019-05-17T18:00:15+00:00

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

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 [...]

Production Planning: Bringing Harvest of the Month Foods to Cafeteria Plates2019-08-29T17:20:57+00:00

Keeping the ‘Farm’ in Farm to School

Farm to school programs at GMFTS focuses on experiential, hands-on learning that reaches across the cafeteria, classroom, and community. To learn more about why farm field trips are an important piece of this equation, we sat down [...]

Keeping the ‘Farm’ in Farm to School2019-05-15T20:29:53+00:00

GMFTS 2017-2018 Annual Report

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

GMFTS 2017-2018 Annual Report2019-05-02T17:33:40+00:00

We’re Hiring: Food Hub Logistics Manager

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 [...]

We’re Hiring: Food Hub Logistics Manager2019-06-11T13:38:24+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to School to Honor School Lunch Heroes

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 [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to School to Honor School Lunch Heroes2019-04-24T19:32:35+00:00

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

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 [...]

The ‘Coventry Shredders’ join the 12th Annual Jr. Iron Chef competition2019-04-10T18:42:55+00:00

Employment Opportunity: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

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 [...]

Employment Opportunity: AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator2019-03-14T17:07:05+00:00

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

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 [...]

GMFTS & Jay Peak Resort hosts the 11th Annual Taste of the Kingdom2019-02-19T20:07:19+00:00

GMFTS Benefit Raffle: Win a Jay Peak Getaway

Enter the Green Mountain Farm-to-School raffle for your chance to win a 2-night stay for 4 people in a Hotel Jay Suite – Lift Tickets, Waterpark, and Climb Time included! To purchase raffle tickets online, click the donate [...]

GMFTS Benefit Raffle: Win a Jay Peak Getaway2019-01-29T20:04:56+00:00

Irasburg Village School: Why Compost Matters

In 2013, lunchtime at Irasburg Village School (IVS) looked a lot different than it does today. Uneaten food and kitchen scraps went straight into trash cans, then on to landfills. The need for a composting program was [...]

Irasburg Village School: Why Compost Matters2019-01-04T18:51:37+00:00

GMFTS On-Farm Dinner connects the community to local farmers

NEWPORT, VT- October, 31, 2018 On Thursday, October 18th, an unseasonably cold day, 37 members of our community gathered for Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s 2018 Fall On-Farm Community Dinner at Morningstar Farm in Glover, Vermont. The event was [...]

GMFTS On-Farm Dinner connects the community to local farmers2018-11-07T16:07:45+00:00

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program increases access to healthy foods

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 [...]

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program increases access to healthy foods2018-10-24T17:17:05+00:00

Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October

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 [...]

Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October2018-10-10T15:48:13+00:00

Customer Spotlight: Craig Lorcano on 9 years with Farm Direct

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 [...]

Customer Spotlight: Craig Lorcano on 9 years with Farm Direct2018-09-17T13:48:34+00:00

Lunchbox food truck works to fill summer nutrition gap

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 [...]

Lunchbox food truck works to fill summer nutrition gap2018-09-12T19:57:22+00:00

Farm to School Coordinators gear up for the coming school year

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 [...]

Farm to School Coordinators gear up for the coming school year2018-09-12T18:29:01+00:00

Communities gather for Harvest Festivals at local schools

For its tenth consecutive year, Green Mountain Farm-to-School will host Harvest Festivals with 11 Northeast Kingdom schools in celebration of local food, agriculture and healthy communities. Harvest Festivals are an opportunity for the community to gather around [...]

Communities gather for Harvest Festivals at local schools2018-09-11T18:59:39+00:00

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

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 [...]

GMFTS Giving Day raises over $30,000 to support programming2018-06-12T20:32:00+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Strategic Plan 2018-2021

In October 2017, we convened with staff and our board of directors to develop a robust strategic plan to guide our work in the coming four years. With this plan in hand, our organization strives towards achieving [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Strategic Plan 2018-20212018-06-12T20:17:55+00:00

Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program

Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program The Lunchbox, a summer meal program providing food education, is on the road again this season! Starting June 20th, the Lunchbox will be serving 10 weeks of free meals to [...]

Lunchbox Returns with Summer Food Service Program2018-07-03T18:26:20+00:00

Farm Direct producer Allen Hall benefits from partnership

Family owned since 1828, owner-operator Allen Hall of Hall’s Orchards, grows and harvests apples and pears in Isle La Motte. Hall has worked with Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s mission-driven food-hub, since 2014. “I’ve [...]

Farm Direct producer Allen Hall benefits from partnership2018-05-25T13:32:04+00:00

‘Hill Farmstead Half’ Marathon raises funds for GMFTS

Craftsbury Outdoor Center presents the "Hill Farmstead Half" - a point to point trail and dirt road half marathon from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center to Hill Farmstead Brewery. Race entries raise money for Green Mountain Farm to School's mission to strengthen local [...]

‘Hill Farmstead Half’ Marathon raises funds for GMFTS2018-06-11T15:17:46+00:00

GMFTS inspires love for gardens and appreciation for local food systems

  Green Mountain Farm-to-School works with an average of 3,000 students each year, connecting students to food through school gardens, farm field trips, taste tests, and hands-on education. Our Farm-to-School Coordinators work with over half of the [...]

GMFTS inspires love for gardens and appreciation for local food systems2018-06-11T15:16:43+00:00

Celebrating 10 years of Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Celebrating 10 years of Green Mountain Farm-to-School Cultivating healthy communities since 2008 2018 marks Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s 10-year anniversary. Over the past decade, GMFTS and our partners have worked together to increase access to local, healthy food [...]

Celebrating 10 years of Green Mountain Farm-to-School2018-06-11T15:16:21+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Giving Day

Join us in celebrating 10 years of Green Mountain Farm-to-School during our first ever Giving Day on June 1st! Every gift received by June 1st will be doubled, up to $10,000. In just 10 years, GMFTS has [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Giving Day2018-06-11T15:16:04+00:00

Reflecting on how farm-to-school thrives despite snow

During the long winter months, AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinators are hard at work implementing programming in partner schools despite the snow.

Reflecting on how farm-to-school thrives despite snow2018-06-11T15:15:00+00:00

Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the NEK

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), in partnership with the national non-profit, Wholesome Wave, is making fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to low-income residents of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program.

Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the NEK2018-04-02T16:10:56+00:00

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Benefit Raffle

Enter the Green Mountain Farm-to-School raffle for your chance to win a 2-night stay for 4 people in a Hotel Jay Suite – Lift Tickets, Waterpark, and Climb Time included! HOW TO ENTER THE RAFFLE: Raffle tickets are $5/ticket. Tickets [...]

Green Mountain Farm-to-School Benefit Raffle2018-01-31T21:04:47+00:00

GMFTS Welcomes Three New Team Members

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...

GMFTS Welcomes Three New Team Members2017-12-13T17:04:55+00:00

Serving Up Food, Fun and Education in the Summer

    It’s an August day, 2017, and the children of the Northeast Kingdom(NEK) are enjoying the summer break from school.  This particular day happens to be Friday, so The Lunchbox, the food truck of Green Mountain [...]

Serving Up Food, Fun and Education in the Summer2017-10-04T17:53:45+00:00

Farm to School in the Northeast Kingdom and Beyond

October is National Farm to School month and Green Mountain Farm to School (GMFTS) is gearing up! Activities and celebrations are taking place in schools across the state, as Governor Scott signed a  declaration on October 2nd [...]

Farm to School in the Northeast Kingdom and Beyond2017-10-04T17:52:02+00:00

GMFTS Has a Fresh Plan for Making Coupons More Accessible

Vermont has a wealth of farm fresh foods, yet access to affordable, local produce is often not viable for some residents of the Northeast Kingdom (NEK).  Low-income individuals and families who depend on 3squaresVT need their food [...]

GMFTS Has a Fresh Plan for Making Coupons More Accessible2017-10-04T17:47:49+00:00

Summer Block Party Kicks Off Summer in Newport

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...

Summer Block Party Kicks Off Summer in Newport2017-06-13T10:20:00+00:00

Fresh, Local, Free – Lunchbox Readies to Serve Summer Lunches

The Lunchbox food truck will be on the road again for its fifth summer, serving up free meals to kids and fresh, local lunches for three communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. For many kids who participate in free or reduced lunch programs during the school year, the free summer meal is one of their best sources for nutritious food while school is on break. For community members, the Lunchbox is a fresh, local, and delicious lunch option that comes with an added perk - all the proceeds from lunch sales go directly to running the free summer meal program and help to serve even more children. Read More...

Fresh, Local, Free – Lunchbox Readies to Serve Summer Lunches2017-04-24T14:32:19+00:00

Northeast Kingdom Farms Lay Roots in Local Schools, Institutions

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...

Northeast Kingdom Farms Lay Roots in Local Schools, Institutions2017-05-05T17:16:47+00:00

Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Local Flavors at Jay Peak

Guests from throughout the Northeast Kingdom and Canada enjoyed a delicious evening at Jay Peak Resort this past February during Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s 9th Annual Taste of the Kingdom - an event celebrating the vibrant food scene of the Northeast Kingdom. Read More...

Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Local Flavors at Jay Peak2017-04-19T16:04:51+00:00

Northern Vermont Elementary Schools Dive into Composting

School cafeterias across Northern Vermont are closing the food cycle as they lead the way in diverting food scraps from landfills through composting. More than 10 Northeast Kingdom elementary schools that work with Green Mountain Farm-to-School. Read More...

Northern Vermont Elementary Schools Dive into Composting2017-01-13T16:19:35+00:00

Parsnip Party! Northern Vermont Celebrates Harvest of the Month

More than 1,400 pounds of parsnips were delivered across northern Vermont in the beginning of January as schools and businesses prepared to celebrate the Vermont Harvest of the Month - a state-wide education campaign which celebrates a different seasonal and local Vermont product each month. Read More...

Parsnip Party! Northern Vermont Celebrates Harvest of the Month2017-01-13T16:21:26+00:00

Organic Co-op Deeply Rooted in New England Agriculture

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...

Organic Co-op Deeply Rooted in New England Agriculture2017-01-25T14:16:13+00:00

GMFTS Welcomes New Executive Director

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) welcomes James Hafferman as their next executive director. He assumed the position in January as founder and current executive director, Katherine Sims, transitioned to the role of development director. Read More...

GMFTS Welcomes New Executive Director2017-01-13T17:30:17+00:00

Smitty’s Farm Dinner Brings Community Together

Green Mountain Farm-to-School teamed up with Smitty’s Farm in Newport, Vt. to hold a free, On-Farm Community Dinner that was open to the public. The evening featured a dinner that used Vermont seasonal produce and showcased Smitty’s Farm’s berries. Read More...

Smitty’s Farm Dinner Brings Community Together2017-01-13T16:27:51+00:00

Meet the GMFTS Team

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...

Meet the GMFTS Team2016-10-18T12:45:52+00:00

GMFTS Office Tour Through Photos

Green Mountain Farm-to-School has moved offices! They are renting a beautiful, historic space in downtown Newport. Check out a quick virtual tour below. Read More...

GMFTS Office Tour Through Photos2016-10-18T13:21:26+00:00

Students Get Fresh for Harvest Festivals

The kids are back in school, the gardens are bursting with the season’s harvest and it is harvest festival time for students across the Northeast Kingdom. Read More...

Students Get Fresh for Harvest Festivals2016-09-20T20:20:33+00:00

Gala on the Lake Goes Swimmingly

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...

Gala on the Lake Goes Swimmingly2016-08-16T19:17:21+00:00

Berry Fun at Smitty’s Farm

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...

Berry Fun at Smitty’s Farm2016-08-16T19:05:12+00:00

Lunchbox Drives Up Free Summer Meal Participation

Good news; Vermont ranks third in the country for serving free summer meals to children. Bad news; Vermont is still only reaching 33.3 percent of the children who qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year. Read More...

Lunchbox Drives Up Free Summer Meal Participation2016-08-16T18:49:22+00:00

Coupon Program Helps Low-Income NEK Residents

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...

Coupon Program Helps Low-Income NEK Residents2016-07-07T17:39:28+00:00

GMFTS Plants School Gardens Across the Kingdom

For the past three weeks, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has been helping schools plant school gardens across the Northeast Kingdom. Between farm-to-school and after-school programs, GMFTS helped to plant over 20 school gardens this spring which the students from the school will then harvest in the fall and be able to eat in their cafeteria. Read More...

GMFTS Plants School Gardens Across the Kingdom2016-06-14T18:39:14+00:00

The Lunchbox Serves up Free Summer Meals in the NEK

The Lunchbox food truck, through Green Mountain Farm-to-School, will be on the road again this season serving free meals to kids 18-years-old and younger and offering food education beginning June 15. Read More...

The Lunchbox Serves up Free Summer Meals in the NEK2016-06-14T19:05:41+00:00

Fun and Games at the Summer Block Party in Newport

The 3rd Annual Summer Block Party in the Kingdom, a free community-wide event, will be held June 16 from 3 PM to 6 PM at Gardner Park in Newport. Kids 18-years-old and younger will be treated to a free meal from the Lunchbox food truck. Read More...

Fun and Games at the Summer Block Party in Newport2016-06-14T19:19:51+00:00

Butterworks Farm: Happy, Organic Soil and Cows

“The way we see the world is because of organic farming,” says Jack Lazor, owner and operator of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vt. “Having a relationship with the earth has a huge impact on the way you make decisions; everything from what you eat to how you care for things.” Read More...

Butterworks Farm: Happy, Organic Soil and Cows2016-06-14T14:46:45+00:00
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