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Vergennes students learn about local foods

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — With the help and direction of a Farm to School Team and a Farm to School Planning Grant, the entire 8th grade team at Vergennes Union Middle School, Team Phoenix, is engaged in a six-week local foods unit.

Team Phoenix with the help of their teachers and staff members from the Willowell Foundation beginning in early October embarked on an interdisciplinary experience learning about food systems — local and national.

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Schools make connections with county's farm community

Posted on April 8, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — Dozens of farmers, students and educators from around the county gathered to celebrate the growing farm-to-school movement at Addison County Relocalization Network’s (ACORN) Stone Soup summit last Thursday, held at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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ACORN encourages student food projects

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — Feeding students local food is all well and good, but how can they be encouraged to participate in food and agriculture efforts outside of the cafeteria?

For the Addison County Relocalization Network, the answer is the new Farm to School Entrepreneur Awards, which this year will honor students working on food-related projects. ACORN AmeriCorps staffer Hannah Mueller, who is coordinating the awards, hopes to see projects boosting everything from agriculture and farming to nutrition and food awareness efforts within schools.

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ANeSU looks to build healthy food programs

Posted on December 12, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — In a cafeteria hung with student drawings of kiwis, parsnips and apples at Mount Abraham Union High School, school administrators, cooks, parents and teachers last week gathered to imagine the future of the Bristol-area schools’ foodservice cooperative.

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Shumlin plan would trade USDA staples to local foods

Posted on August 1, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — Local administrators are welcoming a move by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign to free up federal funding for fresh, local foods in schools by allowing states to receive cash vouchers from the USDA instead of commodity food.

Laura Collaro, foodservice manager for the Lincoln Community School, said the choices coming from the USDA include many processed foods and things that aren’t necessarily the healthy options for children, including peanut butter with hydrogenated oils and sugar.

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Table Talk: Ferrisburgh wins farm to school video contest

Last year, fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School made a video showcasing their school's local, healthy food initiatives.

In January, the video won the grand prize in “The Reel Farm to School,” a statewide school video contest sponsored by Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), the Orton Family Foundation, Vermont Public Television and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Hartland Elementary and Randolph Elementary won second and third place in the contest.

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