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Vermont Farm to Plate talk and workshop – Wangaratta
March 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm$47.29
Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will speak in Wangaratta about Vermont’s world-leading Farm to Plate program.
Jake’s talk will be followed by facilitated discussion to develop steps towards a similar program in North East Victoria.
Afternoon tea will be provided by GOTAFE with evening wine and cheese by CSU.
Background and FAQs
Why is Vermont’s Farm to Plate program relevant to the North East?
America’s state of Vermont is similar in many ways to North East Victoria. It is rural with two principal cities and numerous small towns and villages, much the same geographic size, and highly reliant on agriculture and food production. Vermont’s farm production is valued at A$1170 million and North East Victoria’s at $790 million.
Since 2010 Vermont’s state-legislated Farm to Plate program has delivered measurable economic and social benefits in education and employment, agriculture, environment and health:
- Locally-produced food sales have almost doubled – from US$176 million to US$310 million
- 6,529 new jobs created in food-related industries
- 379 new food and farm businesses
- 26 per cent reduction in the number of people affected by food insecurity
Farm to Plate has grown from a broad collaboration between business, non-profits, government, academia and the public and is entering its second, 10-year phase.
This workshop seeks your help to map steps towards such a collaborative program in our region. Jake’s visit presents an opportunity to understand the benefits of one of the world’s leading food system programs and we hope you will join us.
Learn more about Farm to Plate at: https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/plan/