Local farms get a boost from ACORN volunteers

Community members can join “working bee” brigades organized by ACORN to help tackle various projects on area farms, from onion planting to sheep shearing.

‘Working bees’ tackle projects on local farms

It’s often been said that many hands make light work, and that’s certainly the idea behind the volunteer “working bee” groups being organized by The Addison County Relocalization Network.

ACORN to host climate change talk

At its annual meeting on Nov. 28, the Addison County Relocalization Network, or ACORN, will host a panel discussion on “Farming on the Forefront of Climate Change.”

New network helps farmers connect, talk climate change

The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) is launching a new group that will give local food producers a chance to connect with one another, discuss challenges and explore ways to address climate change.

ACORN Food Hub meets needs of farmers and food producers

In early January 2023, Lindsey Berk, ACORN’s Executive Director, and Jess Purks, its Food Hub Manager, loaded up over $2,000 of local food in a delivery van at the new ACORN Food Hub in Middlebury.

New food hub opens on Exchange Street

The CVOEO center stores food and distributes it to local low-income households.

Addison County food hub will open soon

The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) has just hired a manager for a new “food hub” on Middlebury’s Exchange Street that next month will begin receiving a variety of wares from area food producers and help get them to markets both near and far … (read more)

Welcome to the Local Food & Farm Guide 2022

Recently, during a Farm to School meeting, the term “Sense of Place” was mentioned a few times. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard that term, but a question kept echoing in my mind. What does it mean for one to have a Sense of Place?

ACORN aids value-added producers with new grant money

ACORN was one of eight project proposals to share $324,467 in Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets grants to help fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers increase consumer access to locally produced food.

30 miles and 8 farms: Tour de Farms is back

ACORN’s 13th annual Tour de Farms, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, is returning after 2020’s COVID-induced hiatus. On Saturday, Sept. 18, riders will make eight stops along a 30-mile route and sample some of the Champlain Valley’s best food an … (read more)

ACORN, college kids team up for new app

MIDDLEBURY — When the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) reached out to Middlebury College students last spring, seeking help with developing an app that would keep the community connected to local farmers and food producers, rising senior Ben … (read more)

Berk named ACORN executive director

MIDDLEBURY — The board of the Addison County Relocalization Network, known as ACORN, last week announced that it had hired Lindsey Berk as its new executive director. First hired in August 2015 as ACORN’s director of marketing and development, Berk has be … (read more)

ACORN launches second Food is Medicine program

MIDDLEBURY — ACORN’s Farmacy: Food is Medicine program began its second season of “healthcare CSA shares” on July 9, delivering farm fresh produce to 65 families. The program, a partnership with Porter Medical Center, the Vermont Department of Health, Mid … (read more)

ACORN retrenches after COVID cash crunch

ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Relocalization Network has cut its top administrator and is honing its mission after experiencing a major revenue shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-profit, known as ACORN, was established a dozen years … (read more)

‘Farmacy’ prescribes veggies to families

MIDDLEBURY – Addison County’s inaugural food-based prescription program, Farmacy, ran for 12 weeks this summer and provided a bounty of incredibly fresh local produce to 45 patients and families. The Farmacy Program, a collaboration of ACORN, the Vermont … (read more)