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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Statewide Food Summit in Rutland - This Saturday!


Farm to Plate Statewide Food Summit

Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 9:30AM-4PM REGISTRATION: 8:30AM-9:30AM Rutland Middle School, 63 Library Ave., Rutland (map) KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center (www.crcworks.org)

Convened by: Farm to Plate Initiative, VT Sustainable Agriculture Council, and VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

Local Food Summit promotion, Live on WCAX Channel 3, 4/5/10 (watch video)


8:30-9:30am      Registration

9:30-9:45am     Welcome & Overview of the Day

9:45-10:30am    Keynote Address:  “Local Foods as Economic Recovery” by Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center (www.crcworks.org)

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns.  Ken’s pioneering study of the farm and food economy of Southeast Minnesota, Finding Food in Farm Country, helped strengthen a collaborative of food producers and led to the creation of the Hiawatha Fund, a regional investment fund. Ken’s work serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics and has been adopted by 45 regions in 20 states across the U.S. and in one Canadian province.

10:30 – 12noon     Farm to Plate Planning Process Update (Preliminary Findings, The Big Picture Framework, Breakout Session Instructions)

12 – 1:15pm      Lunch

1:30 – 3:30pm   Breakout Sessions

3:30 – 4pm        Closing Remarks & Next Steps


  1. Production: Fruits & Vegetable
  2. Production: Dairy
  3. Production: Livestock
  4. Production / Processing / Value Added: Grains
  5. Processing / Value Added: Fruits & Vegetable Related
  6. Processing / Value Added: Dairy Related
  7. Processing / Value Added: Livestock
  8. Distribution Retail: Schools, Restaurants & Other Institutions
  9. Distribution Retail: Grocery / Supermarkets
  10. Distribution Retail: Direct Markets (e.g. coops, farmers’ markets, CSAs)
  11. Food Security: Emergency & Supplemental Food System
  12. Consumer Education / Food Literacy
  13. Financing Options
  14. Leadership / Communication / Coordination within the Food System
  15. Workforce Development, Training & Education – Possibly

NOTE: There will be no specific breakout session related to Composting or for Maple.  Both of the industry trade associations have been contacted and they are in the process of developing a strategic plan of their own.  We will be incorporating their work into the larger Farm to Plate plan once their work is completed.

REGISTRATION: Please contact Heather Pipino if you would like to attend. $10 registration fee to cover lunch cost - scholarships available. Send check to: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, ATTN: Farm to Plate Summit, 3 Pitkin Court, Suite 301E, Montpelier, VT 05602.

PARKING: There is not a lot on-site parking at the Rutland Middle School Complex. Participants are strongly encouraged to carpool with people from their region. On-street parking is available on the side streets near the school. Parking is also available at the CVPS parking lot and in the Rutland City Parking Garage which is a couple block walk from the school. Please plan accordingly!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you live in the Rutland area and would like to volunteer to help with the Statewide Food Summit, please send an email to Heather Pipino