Since 1990, the Center for Rural Studies has conducted a state-wide survey of Vermont residents on a variety of issues, including topics related to the food system.
Lead Department or Center: Center for Rural Studies (CRS)
UVM Partners: Community Development & Applied Economics (CDAE); Nutrition & Food Sciences (NFS); CRS; College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS); UVM Extension, etc.
Community Partners: Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (VAAFM); NOFA-VT, VT Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, etc.
Project Timing: 1990 – 2010; February 2011
More Info: Thomas DeSisto, Project Specialist, CRS, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Burlington School District might be the most famous example of it, thanks to recognition from the USDA (http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12252583), but there are farm to school efforts happening at schools (and farms) throughout Vermont.
Researchers are playing an active role, trying to evaluate outputs and impacts, particularly from a nutrition standpoint. Other research has been done to investigate the relationship between farmer and school, as well as to uncover “best practices” among schools who have Farm to School programs in place.
More research remains, particularly to quantify outputs and impacts. This could be a great place to share current research topics and plans for future research on Farm to School.