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

 


Food Systems Track

Supported by:
 
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

Jon Ramsay
Director, Farmland Access Program, Vermont Land Trust
Sam Smith
Farm Business Specialist, Intervale
Holly Rippon-Butler
Land Access Program Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
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.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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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.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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B3 Thursday | 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Brewing Up a Revitalized Downtown. Craft brewers, local restauranteurs and scholars share how local food and drink are boosting downtowns.

PRESENTED BY:

Neil Reid
Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo

Stephanie Bonin
Owner, duo Restaurant, Brattleboro, VT
Alain Karyo
Owner, The Tap House at Catamount Glass, Bennington, VT

DESCRIPTION:

 

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5
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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:

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.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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B5 Friday | 10:45 a.m. to 11:45  a.m.
Cafeteria Food. “Fresh” and “healthy” are now being used to describe the meals served in school and other institutional cafeterias. Learn how community partnerships are creating food system policy that benefit producers and consumers alike.

PRESENTED BY:

Betsy Rosenbluth
Project Director, Vermont Food Education Every Day Project (VT FEED), Shelburne Farms
Coordinator, Vermont Farm to School Network

Abbie Nelson
Director, Food Systems Education, NOFA-VT
Program Director, VT FEED
Peter Allison
Network Director, Farm to Institution New England

DESCRIPTION:

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.

 LOCATION:  Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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B6 Friday | 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 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.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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