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Conservation Law Foundation collaborates with BFC on urban agriculture policy change in Burlington

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The Conservation Law Foundation, a New England-based environmental law organization, is collaborating with the Burlington Food Council to support the adoption of the policy recommendations identified by the Urban Agriculture Task Force. Check out the blog piece CLF published about the partnership.

Here’s a bit of an update on the policy process:

This winter, the Board of Health developed a draft animal husbandry ordinance in collaboration with the Humane Society of Chittenden County. A subcommittee of the Board of Health, which includes representation from the BFC, the City Attorney’s office, Code Enforcement, and the Humane Society, is now taking a thoughtful approach to developing an ordinance to address the issue of slaughtering.

In March, I met with the Planning Commission, which is addressing the management of urban agriculture structures. The Commission requested support from Planning and Zoning staff to draft the ordinance changes, and we anticipate meeting with that department in July.

While it is difficult to anticipate exactly when we might expect ordinances to advance to City Council, we’ll be ready to get the word out when that happens so the Burlington community can provide input. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the process or want to get involved, please contact me at [email protected].

Grants for forty VT gardens

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Senator Bernie Sanders recently announced the availability of federal funding to establish forty school community gardens across the state, with the goal to teach more children and teens how to grow fresh vegetables.

The federal grant provides technical assistance and mini-grants of $1,000. The program will be coordinated by Friends of Burlington Gardens, a long-term member of the Burlington Food Council. The deadline for submitting online applications is March 15, 2011 and grants will be awarded on April 12, 2011.

Local Food Assessment Work

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The Council’s December meeting was a bit of a step back to evaluate where the council is headed. One of the themes that emerged from the group was the need for planning and assessment of the local food system.

Bart Westdijk passed along some great resources for this work. He referred us to a local food systems model created by Ginger Nickerson (page 10 of this report), saying, “I think this might provide a framework to think about how to set goals around Food Council work: what areas do we want to cover/how do we look at Burlington’s Food System?”

As we discussed planning for the Legacy Project and the Municipal Plan, Bart passed along this tidbit, “In terms of thinking about writing a Food Chapter to the municipal plan: here’s an example of how that works in the local energy world. VNRC has a section on their website talking about how to write an energy chapter for your town”.

Interesting fodder for our next meeting in February!

winter farmers’ markets

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I can’t wait for the winter Farmers’ Markets to start. I have bins of carrots and potatoes from my garden but they’ll soon be joined by crunchy celeriac and parsnips, and maybe even some late season greens. The Burlington Winter Market starts this Saturday from 10-2 at Memorial Auditorium. I’ll be there.

Check out NOFA’s Winter Farmer’s Market Directory to to find the closest market to you!

Melissa Parker Heart Health Celebration

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former St. Joseph’s School on North Street, Burlington

FREE “Strong Women Stay Slim” book for the first 50 women, healthy snacks from local farms and Burlington School Food Project, and entry into raffle for a Heart Healthy Gift Basket (books, pedometers, videos, lunch bag, resistance bands and more!)
Learn more about Healthy food and physical activity options in the ONE! Free Blood Pressure and Body Mass Index readings!
For more information please call (802) 652-4139 or (802) 864-0984.
Brought to you by:
Ladies First, Vermont Department of Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of VT, City Market, Community Health Center of Burlington, Community Health Improvement at FAHC, Shelburne Farms SSP, Diabetes Research Center at FAHC, Evolution Yoga, Burlington School Food Project, Brueggers, FAHC Nutrition Services & Rooftop Garden, North End Studio, Grow Team ONE, Healthy City Farm/ Friends of Burlington Gardens, Hannafords, Sustainability Academy PTO, Burlington Parks & Recreation, Diggers’ Mirth Farm, Cabot, & Healthy Living.
This event is not sponsored by the Burlington School District.

Take the 3Squares Challenge

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Learn first hand what it is like trying to make ends meet on a limited food budget

  • WHENNovember 14th – 20th, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
  • WHERE: In your community, grocery store, and kitchen
  • WHY: 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps) is the nation’s single most important program in the fight against hunger, designed to improve the nutrition and food purchasing power of people with limited incomes. The program makes a difference in the lives of thousands of Vermonters every day, but in many cases, the benefits are too low to allow households to purchase nutritious food and feed their families healthy meals on a consistent basis. The 3SquaresVT Challenge seeks to highlight what it is like to eat on the average 3SquaresVT benefit — approximately $1.80 per meal.

Please spread the word to others in your community and encourage them to take the Challenge with you!

Free School Community Dinner featuring local foods!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The Hunt Middle School Community will host a free Harvest Dinner  on Thursday, October 14th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  The menu features local, Vermont foods such as Misty Knoll Chicken and roasted potatoes; vegetarian curry and rice (all veggies from the Healthy City Youth Farm, right on school grounds!); and  fresh apple crisp with ice cream for dessert.   Students help with every step of this wonderful event including harvest and food prep and will even perform live music that night! And these wonderful menu items are just a sample of the many fresh, whole, and local foods now served in our school meals. Thanks Burlington Schools Food Service!

A photo tour of Vermont school and community gardens

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A photo story of nine Vermont school and community gardens
located along the Route 7 and Route 22A corridors. Photos taken on August 13, 2010 by Jim Flint, Friends of Burlington Gardens.

A photo story of 20 school and community gardens in Northern Vermont. Photos taken on August 24, 2010 by Jim Flint, Friends of Burlington Gardens.

Students farm on school grounds

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The Healthy City Youth Farm is in the middle of its first successful season at Hunt Middle School. Summer months were full of fun and exploration as 15 middle and high school students earned wages while pulling weeds and trying new foods. Now that school is in full swing, we are organizing weekly taste tests in the school cafeteria highlighting produce from the 1/2 acre farm.  Want to join us?

We need help farming, cooking, and sampling the produce during the school day. Please be in touch!

Jenn McGowan, 310-9506

Get to Know – The Legacy Project

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Burlington Legacy Project is an initiative working to forward the Legacy Plan, Burlington’s 2030 vision that is based on the 4 Es of sustainability – economic growth, environmental heatlh, quality education for all and social equity.  Working with and supporting the Food Council is an important part of the overall Legacy goal – perhaps more than any other issue, food links and most directly connects to all four Es!

In addition to work with the FC, the Legacy Project works with City Departments to help realize the 2030 Legacy vision.  For example,  Jennifer Green, Legacy Co-Coordinator, is part of the Mayor’s green team, the Burlington Sustainablity Action Team. The BSAT is working on several efforts to reduce city government’s environmental footprint and save money, including an awesome compost program and waste reduction effort in City Hall.

Legacy also supports the work of other partner agencies.  For example, Legacy will help oversee the Burlington launch of the Way to Go! Commuter Challenge, an effort to encourage alternative ways to commute while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and traffic and improve quality of life.  The Challenge will last for five days (May 17-21) and aims to reduce GHG emissions, state-wide by 500,000 lbs/tons.

Did you know that the average car adds 935 pounds of pollution to the air of the Lake Champlain Basin each year? Did you know that if you use a bicycle instead of a car for a four-mile trip, you’ll keep 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air? Consider joining the Way to Go! Challenge! If we all do our part, we can make a big impact on the health of our community and its ecosystem.


*May 17th-21st –Burlington Way to Go! Commuter Challenge