Food Systems

Building a Community-Based Food System

We are working to build an environmentally sustainable and socially just community-based food system that promotes community self-reliance.  Click here to see a diagram of some key elements.

Click here for a link to a map of local farms.

a)      Projects:

o   (Re)learning to Feed Ourselves Workshop Series

o   No Gardener Left Behind Gardening Expo

o   Cooking Classes and Community Meals

o   Neighborhood Garden Groups

o   Neighborhood Greenhouse Project

  • Dummerston Rd. Community Garden
  • Windham Area Food System Collaborative
  • Gleaning Partnership with the Vermont Foodbank
  • And more…

 

b)     Partnership and Networking: We find success in working with others, from large institutions to grassroots groups led by individuals. We all have limited time and resources, so instead of reinventing the wheel, we seek out collaborative relationships.

  • Partnerships: We have developed partnerships with these and other organizations, Vermont Foodbank, SEVCA, World Learning, UVM Extension Master Gardeners, Healthy Communities Coalition, Transition Putney, Meeting Waters YMCA/Fit & Healthy Kids Coalition,   Windham Localvores, and the Windham Farm Bureau.
  • Regional networking: We are developing stronger regional networks across Vermont, including the Farm to Plate Initiative and the statewide Food Hub Collaborative, as well as into New Hampshire with the Monadnock Farm and Community Connection. We are also members of the Community Food Security Coalition, a national coalition of over 500 organizations, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG).