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manchester, vermont • september 7-8
Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, Vermont 05254

 


Food Systems Track

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B1 Thursday | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Back to the Land. How to help new, first-time farmers find and secure farmland in your community.

PRESENTED BY:

Stephanie Smith
Chief Policy Enforcement Officer, VT Agency of Agriculture

Stacy Burnstein
Land Access Specialist, The Intervale Center
Jon Ramsay
Director, Farmland Access Program, Vermont Land Trust
Lisa MacDougall
Operator, Mighty Food Farm
DESCRIPTION:

Advancing a local food system is a growing sector of the rural economy, however new farm operators face many challenges gaining access to farmland, not least of which are cost and availability of quality soils. In this session you will hear from farmland access advocates and farmers concerning the challenges and strategies that can support farmland access and reinvigorate the rural economy.

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B2 Thursday | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Food Dollars. Explore how food-based value chains can create community wealth.

PRESENTED BY:

Melissa Levy
Principal, Community Roots


DESCRIPTION:

This interactive session will teach participants about the wealth creation approach, which focuses on exploring and constructing place-based value chains while creating an impact on multiple forms of community wealth. Using the lens of food systems and examples of on-the-ground food value chains, this session will impart key principles and tools of this framework.

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B3 Thursday | 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
A Fresh Approach to Revitalizing Downtown. Bring the farm downtown through farmers markets, local restaurants and retailers specializing in local products.

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B4 Friday | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
What’s Left on Your Plate. Discuss food recovery/food scrap diversion regulations, policies and programs in New England that have improved the triple bottom line: environment, economics and society.

PRESENTED BY:

Christine Beling
Project Engineer, EPA

 Josh Kelly
Materials Management Section Chief
Solid Waste Program, VT Agency of Natural Resources
Robert Spencer
Executive Director, Windham Solid Waste Management District
Jaclyn Hochreiter
Public Outreach Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Tom Abbiati
Director, Food Resources, Vermont Food Bank

DESCRIPTION:

We will discuss the New England landscape of progressive state regulations and policies that have created opportunities to recover wasted food and/or to divert true food waste from traditional disposal to either composting, energy conversion, recycling or reuse. Presentations will include an overview of New England state regulations, policies and infrastructure opportunities for food recovery and organic waste diversion from landfills.

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B5 Friday | 10:45 a.m. to 11:45  a.m.
Cafeteria Food. Apparently the words “fresh” and “healthy” can be used to describe the meals served at school and other institutional cafeterias these days… will wonders never cease.

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Farm to institution networks are expanding in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Learn how these programs help people of all ages eat healthier, support nearby farms, foster economic vitality and strengthen communities.

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B6 Friday | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Nature’s Bounty. Explore how thinking holistically and using a systems perspective can provide for the regeneration of lost ecosystem services such as food production to help your community become more adaptive and resilient over time.

PRESENTED BY:

Christopher Parker, AICP
Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning & Strategic Initiatives, Dover NH

 Steve Whitman, AICP
Resilience Planning and Design, LLC

DESCRIPTION:

Learn about some of the problems facing communities in Northern New England, and the underlying issue of ecosystem services. Explore how thinking holistically and using a systems perspective can provide a new way forward for communities. While planning documents may take a systems perspective, land use regulations seldom do. This integrated approach provides for the regeneration of lost ecosystem services such as food production, and the resulting projects will help your community become more adaptive and resilient over time. Participants will then be charged to work collaboratively on a hands on exercise. This is an opportunity to apply our collective professional knowledge to create regulatory solutions that encourage food security.

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