Vermont Public is independent, community-supported media, serving Vermont with trusted, relevant and essential information. We share stories that bring people together, from every corner of our region. New to Vermont Public? Start here.

© 2024 Vermont Public | 365 Troy Ave. Colchester, VT 05446

Public Files:

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact or call 802-655-9451.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Public Post is a community reporting initiative using digital tools to report on cities and towns across Vermont.Public Post is the only resource that lets you browse and search documents across dozens of Vermont municipal websites in one place.Follow reporter Amy Kolb Noyes and #PublicPost on Twitter and read news from the Post below.

Planning A Regional Food System In The Northeast Kingdom

Cellars at Jasper Hill
Andy and Mateo Kehler's cheese cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, in Greensboro, is one of the Northeast Kingdom's most successful agricultural enterprises.

The Northeast Kingdom is home to some of the state's best known agricultural businesses, yet the region has one of Vermont's highest food insecurity rates. That is one of the puzzles to be addressed at next month's Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan Summit.The summit aims to bring together farmers, food producers, distributors, service providers, food access advocates and chefs – in short, anyone interested in advancing the region's food economy.

In 2011, theCenter for an Agricultural Economy compiled a Regional Food System Plan for the Northeast Kingdom. Now, five years later, the goal of the summit will be to gather ideas and data to update that plan.

"The summit is the opportunity for anyone working in agriculture, food, education and markets to add their voices to the next stages of planning for the food system," Sarah Waring, executive director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, said in a press release.

According to the release, over the last five years the number of farms in the Northeast Kingdom increased 24 percent, with agricultural sales increasing 9 percent.

"The Food System Plan is unique in Vermont, partly because the Northeast Kingdom has such a unique connection to agriculture and food production," Taylar Foster, program manager for the plan update, commented in the release. "Having a variety of local food producers and businesses in the room to talk about working together for the future will be invaluable."

The all-day summit will be held March 26 at Sterling College, on Craftsbury Common. A keynote address will be delivered by Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network coordinator Ellen Kahler. Registration is free but space is limited.

Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She was a VPR contributor from 2006 to 2020.
Latest Stories