The University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies (CRS) has awarded funds to three university/community food system projects in Vermont. The funding was made available in a USDA grant secured with the help of Senator Patrick Leahy.
The funds awarded include $11,332 for a project led by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, $12,000 for a project led by VT FEED, and $12,000 for a project led by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
The CDC gave Shelburne Farms/VT FEED a grant for farm to school programs to increase fruit & vegetables in school lunches. We are working with a team on the evaluation of this grant. This involves 3 activities: 1) qualitiative interviews with Food Service Directors at 10 selected elementary schools 2) review and analysis of food purchase and preparation records, including invoices, food production records, menus and recipes from these 10 schools and 3) surveys of 4th graders at these 10 schools.
Lead Department or Center: Center for Rural Studies (CRS)
UVM Partners: Jane Kolodinsky, Professor & Department Chair, Community Development & Applied Economics & Director, CRS; Linda Berlin, Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA)
Community Partners: Shelburne Farms and their outside evaluator, Peer Associates
Project Timing: April 2010 – November 2010
More Info: Erin Roche, Research Specialist, CRS, Erin.Roche.firstname.lastname@example.org