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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

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

Lyndon State College Recognizes Sims for GMFTS Work

Lyndon, Vermont – Katherine Sims was awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction by Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino during the college’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Sims was honored for her work as founder and executive director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School. Read More...

Lyndon State College Recognizes Sims for GMFTS Work2016-05-17T15:52:07+00:00

EatingWell Helps Vermonters Celebrate Harvest of the Month

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...

EatingWell Helps Vermonters Celebrate Harvest of the Month2016-04-29T13:53:24+00:00

St. Johnsbury Academy Weekly Dinner Celebrates Local Farmers

It’s Wednesday evening at St. Johnsbury Academy and the cafeteria is set up family-style for the 270 students who are part of the school’s boarding program. This is a special meal that has taken the better part of a week to plan and the Academy’s teachers and other school staff are encouraged to attend as well. Read More...

St. Johnsbury Academy Weekly Dinner Celebrates Local Farmers2016-04-15T18:48:25+00:00

Derby and Newport Schools Grow Curriculum in School Gardens

Science teachers from Derby Elementary School (DES) and Newport City Elementary (NCE), along with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), came together for last month to begin creating science curriculum that will be taught in the school garden. Read More...

Derby and Newport Schools Grow Curriculum in School Gardens2016-04-20T14:38:49+00:00

Coupon Program Provides Fresh Produce for Vermonters

In September, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) began the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program, a pilot program that allowed Orleans and Essex county residents participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 3SquaresVT, to purchase an additional $75 of fresh fruits and vegetables through the end of February. Read More...

Coupon Program Provides Fresh Produce for Vermonters2016-04-15T18:54:14+00:00

The Quiet Sugarers: Kingdom Mountain Maple

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...

The Quiet Sugarers: Kingdom Mountain Maple2016-04-29T12:15:20+00:00

Coventry Chefs Compete in Culinary Cook-off for Kids

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.

Coventry Chefs Compete in Culinary Cook-off for Kids2016-04-14T20:02:00+00:00

GMFTS Founder Nationally Recognized for ‘Shaping Rural America’

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.

GMFTS Founder Nationally Recognized for ‘Shaping Rural America’2016-05-12T14:30:45+00:00

AmeriCrops Growing Knowledge of Nutrition and Local Agriculture

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 [...]

AmeriCrops Growing Knowledge of Nutrition and Local Agriculture2016-05-12T14:30:55+00:00

Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Great Food and Drink

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 For Immediate Release Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Great Food and Drink The 8th Annual Taste of the Kingdom, a Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) [...]

Northeast Kingdom Celebrates Great Food and Drink2016-08-15T18:34:54+00:00

Vermont Harvest of the Month Welcomes Newly Elected Produce

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 For Immediate Release Simmering Tensions Cook Up Dirty HOM Election Season The votes have been tallied and despite some unsubstantiated cries of [...]

Vermont Harvest of the Month Welcomes Newly Elected Produce2017-01-13T16:28:09+00:00

Year in Photos | Green Mountain Farm-to-School

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 [...]

Year in Photos | Green Mountain Farm-to-School2016-03-14T17:04:43+00:00

Berry Creek Farm: An Organic Family Affair

Press contact: Shane Rogers Communications, Outreach, and Development Associate Green Mountain Farm-to-School srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044 For Immediate Release Berry Creek Farm: An Organic Family Affair A lot has changed since Rosemary and Gerard Croizet first took over Berry [...]

Berry Creek Farm: An Organic Family Affair2016-07-07T12:32:07+00:00

Join GMFTS in Celebrating #GivingTuesday!

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 [...]

Join GMFTS in Celebrating #GivingTuesday!2016-05-12T14:31:07+00:00

Farm-to-School Conference Sows Ideas in Northeast Kingdom

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 Conference Sows Ideas in Northeast Kingdom2016-03-14T17:09:25+00:00

Farming for more than just a Profit – Harvest Hill Farm

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 [...]

Farming for more than just a Profit – Harvest Hill Farm2016-08-15T18:35:00+00:00

Farm-to-School Grows All Year in Vermont

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 [...]

Farm-to-School Grows All Year in Vermont2016-05-12T14:31:20+00:00

Northern Vermont Food Hub Refocused and Redesigned

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 [...]

Northern Vermont Food Hub Refocused and Redesigned2016-03-14T17:10:04+00:00

Coupons Encourage Fresh Eating in Northeast Kingdom

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 [...]

Coupons Encourage Fresh Eating in Northeast Kingdom2016-08-15T18:35:05+00:00

New Faces of Green Mountain Farm-to-School

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, [...]

New Faces of Green Mountain Farm-to-School2016-05-13T19:45:32+00:00

GMFTS pilots fresh produce coupon program at local stores

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon program, a new program piloted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will allow families receiving federal SNAP benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to purchase $75 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at [...]

GMFTS pilots fresh produce coupon program at local stores2016-05-12T14:31:25+00:00
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