Burlington Food Council

Archive for April, 2011

Farm to Plate – Vermont’s 10 Year Plan for Strengthening Local Food

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Tuesday, April 26
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theater
How can Vermont build strong local food systems, create jobs in the food and farm economy, and improve access to healthy local food? The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has laid out an impressive road map for the next 10 years of agricultural development with January’s release of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.
Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Kit Perkins, project manager of the Initiative, will lead this presentation to discuss the findings of the Initiative’s exhaustive 18-month research project. They will present their strategies to increase jobs and enterprises in the farm and food sector and ramp up local food production and consumption in Vermont and regions beyond our borders.
Get a sneak peak at the plan’s executive summary.
This presentation is co-sponsored by City Market, The Intervale Center, and the Burlington Food Council.
Come early for Burlington Green Drinks!
Tuesday, April 26
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Main Street Landing
First 125 pints delicious Wolaver’s Organic Ale free!
Plus free local nosh!

The Ecology of Food Systems | Professional Certificate Program

Friday, April 8th, 2011

UVM is offering a week long professional certificate in Food Systems this summer! It’s great to see the unfurling of UVM’s new Food Systems Spire of Excellence!

Here’s the description of the program and a link to the Certificate’s website:

“Participants of the program will gain an in-depth understanding of the ecology of the Food System and its influences on product/service/system/ organizational design. Imagine a day filled with new knowledge gained through presentations, lectures, site visits, hallway conversations, group projects, networking, panel discussions and the sheer osmosis of context. Days are a combination of classroom time and excursions. Meals are for networking and peer-to-peer learning with participants, faculty and guest lecturers. Evenings are for socializing in the GreenHouse common rooms with like-minded professionals and for casual, stimulating discussions with the scholars in residence during the nightly “tea”.”
Sounds like fun to me!

Support Urban Agriculture! Help us win $500

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

You may not have heard yet – the news is still pretty fresh to us as well.

The Burlington Food Council was just charged by the City Council with studying the issues of urban agriculture and providing policy recommendations. We hope this project will result in city policies that resolve confusion (for example, why can you only keep 4 chickens in your back yard? What about goats, pigs, or a cow?) and create  comprehensive policies that will encourage people to grow victory gardens and raise more of their own food.

This project is up for The Skinny Pancake’s Community Gardening Grant and we need your support.  The $500 grant will be awarded to one lucky local food project on May 1 based on a popular vote.

I looked over the list and was overwhelmed by all the good projects that deserve our support! Luckily we all get 3 votes so we don’t have to choose between school gardens,  community beehives and urban agriculture.

Vote here and thanks for your support!