Free summer meals for children 18 and under!

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Vermont Agriculture Agency Are you interested in accessing free meals for kids this summer? The goal of the USDA Summer Food Service Program is to ensure that every Vermont family with eligible children knows about the program and where they can access meals during the summer months.

At summer meal sites across the state, kids 18 and under can get free meals and snacks, no questions asked! There’s no paperwork to complete if you visit a USDA Meal Finder site, and you don’t need to live in the city where you pick up the meals. Meals follow USDA guidelines to ensure they are nutritious, safe and delicious. Request a menu on your local meal site using the USDA meal finder so you can anticipate what’s being served daily!

Hours, start and end dates, and days of operation vary by site. Be sure to check with your local site for accurate information.

For more information, visit the FAQ page, dial 2-1-1, text “Summer Meals” to 912-342-7744, or visit www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids.

Help guide for agricultural producers in Vermont

For 2022, the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District has compiled its first annual guide to help agricultural producers in Vermont.

This community resource should serve as a desktop and field reference guide for technical and financial assistance to farmers and businesses in Vermont.

The guide will be updated annually and any comments can be sent to [email protected] This new guide is a great complement to other existing resources such as the Agriculture, Food and Markets Agency’s Annual Funding Opportunities Calendar and Northeast Organic’s Farmer Services webpage. Farming Association of Vermont.

8th Annual Vermont Open Farm Week

Last chance to be part of this year’s Vermont Open Farm Week August 7-14! Open Farm Week creates an opportunity for people to visit farms and connect with Vermont’s working landscape, and it’s a great way to engage with your customers and your community.

By registering and hosting an event or activity on your farm, Open Farm Week showcases and promotes your business to a wide audience of customers and visitors.

The recommended entry fee is $50 per farm, but there is a range of entry fees in an effort to make Open Farms Week accessible to all farms. Limited technical assistance to develop an on-farm event is available. Closing of registrations on July 1st.

Registration deadline: July 1

Dairy Processors Marketing and Branding Toolkit

Join the Good People Research Company for this free Zoom webinar that features an assessment and case studies of North East dairy processor branding strategies.

Key findings and successful marketing strategies will be presented alongside a marketing toolkit for small and medium dairy processors.

This research is funded by the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

Date: June 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Meat and Poultry Intermediary Loan Program

The USDA Meat and Poultry Intermediate Loan Program (MPILP) provides grants to intermediary lenders who are financing or planning to finance the start-up, expansion, or operation of meat processing or slaughtering. meat and poultry.

MPILP’s goal is to build the financing capacity of independent processors and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. Non-profit corporations, public agencies, tribes, and fund cooperatives are eligible to apply. Prizes range from $500,000 to $15 million.

Deadline for applications: July 25

Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets. Montpellier https://agriculture.vermont.gov

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