NOFA Notes Winter 2011

The Quarterly Newsletter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is year’s Winter Conference, like those before, was full of farmers, gardeners, inspiration, and good food. e con- ference theme was “Ecological & Community Resilience: Building an Enduring and Adaptable Food System,” and the central idea of resilience emerged throughout the weekend in many forms. Saturday’s keynote speaker, local extension expert Vern Grubinger, discussed many of the ways that Vermont’s food system can be made more robust – by increasing the numbers of new farmers, the sup- port they get from the state, and fo- cusing on innovative crops and mar- keting plans. On Sunday, keynote Wendy Johnson addressed the spiri- tual side of a resilient food system, in- cluding the emotional connection to the earth that inspires so many farm- ers, gardeners, and food lovers. In This Issue Recipe: Caramelized Parsnip Spread 4 Reaching More Customers with 3SquaresVT 6 Staff Changes at NOFA 9 Un Mundo Mejor in Cuba 10 Winter Conference Makes Connections By Caitlin Gildrien, NOFA Vermont Outreach Coordinator Photo by Elizabeth Ferry Photo by Elizabeth Ferry


The Winter 2011 issue of NOFA Notes.

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The Quarterly Newsletter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

This year’s Winter Conference, like those before, was full of farmers, gardeners, inspiration, and good food. The con-ference theme was “Ecological & Community Resilience: Building an Enduring and Adaptable Food System,” and the central idea of resilience emerged throughout the weekend in many forms.

Saturday’s keynote speaker, local extension expert Vern Grubinger, discussed many of the ways that Vermont’s food system can be made more robust – by increasing the numbers of new farmers, the sup-port they get from the state, and fo-cusing on innovative crops and mar-keting plans. On Sunday, keynote Wendy Johnson addressed the spiri-tual side of a resilient food system, in-cluding the emotional connection to the earth that inspires so many farm-ers, gardeners, and food lovers.

In This IssueRecipe: Caramelized Parsnip Spread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Reaching More Customers with 3SquaresVT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Staff Changes at NOFA . . . . . . 9Un Mundo Mejor in Cuba . . . 10

Winter Conference Makes ConnectionsBy Caitlin Gildrien, NOFA Vermont Outreach Coordinator

Photo by Elizabeth Ferry

Photo by Elizabeth Ferry

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NOFA Vermont PO Box 697,14 Pleasant St

Richmond, VT 05477 NOFA: 802-434-4122 VOF: 802-434-3821

[email protected]

Board of Directors Mimi ArnsteinRegina Beidler

Josh BrownJennifer Colby

Sona DesaiAndrew Knafel

Jack ManixRoss ThurberKate Turcotte

Helen Whybrow

Staff Enid Wonnacott Executive Director

Kirsten Bower Financial Manager

Erin Buckwalter Food Security &

Marketing Coordinator

Cheryl Cesario VOF Certification Specialist

Nicole Dehne VOF Coordinator

Sam Fuller Dairy & Livestock Administrator

Willie Gibson Dairy & Livestock Advisor

Caitlin Gildrien Outreach Coordinator

Libby McDonald VT FEED Administrative Manager

Abbie Nelson Agricultural Education Coordinator

Laura Nunziata VOF Assistant

Lynda PrimFruit and Vegetable Advisor

Barbara Richardson Office Manager

Dave Rogers Dairy & Livestock Advisor

& Policy Advisor

Gregg Stevens VOF Certification Specialist

Becca Weiss Office Assistant

NOFA Vermont is an organization of farmers, gardeners, & consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.

Winter Thoughts from EnidWhen I opened my conference folder to find my notes to write this piece, a little packet of sweet pea seeds greeted me – all the way from Winter Conference keynote Wendy Johnson’s farm in California to my table in Vermont. Wendy was the inspira-tion behind the first annual seed swap at our conference this year, inspired by the very active swap held at the Eco-Farm Conference every year in California. She brought all kinds of different seeds from her farm, and thanks to High Mowing Seeds for bringing seeds to share, we have started a new tradition that will only grow.

Although I rarely get to attend workshops at our conference, there are so many other things that go on as part of the weekend – I wanted to share just a few of the words and moments I captured, and I would encour-age all of you to share some of your stories with us, through our Facebook page or good ole’ fashion paper and pencil.

For those of you not in attendance, a re-minder that the conference theme, and many of the workshops, was developed this year in response to extreme weather conditions. We wanted the conference to be the place where the whole agricultural community – the farmers, gardeners, eat-ers, researchers, agency personnel, educa-tors – could come together to discuss our farm and food future.

After some raucous singing thanks to Jeff Fellinger, Vern Grubinger kicked off the conference with his keynote “A Roadmap to Resilience for Vermont’s Food System.” In less than one hour, Vern solved all of the world’s problems! In recognition of the inextricable ties between our health, our food production and our energy supplies, Vern’s goals for moving toward a resilient food system are as profound as they are common-sensical – photovoltaics on every south facing barn roof, year-round food storage using cold air exchange, 100% of our food waste going to feed livestock/

compost, a farm to school program in every school, and consumer choice trans-forming the food system through full dis-closure about what we eat and how food is grown and processed. It was my honor to award Vern the annual Jack Cook Award this year, the one award NOFA gives an-nually to a member whose work embod-ies the theme of the conference and who shares their information with others. The award was given in recognition of the lead-ership role that Vern played after the flood, and what a tireless advocate he was for the many farmers in Vermont who faced many unknowns about the salability of their crops and the future of their farms.

The linkages between food, health and energy were renewed with lunch-time presentations by Senator Leahy, Secretary Ross and Governor Shumlin. All speak-ers touched on the growth of the local and organic food movement, with Ross noting that what makes Vermont unique is that “farms are grounded in their communities and the communities are grounded in their farms.”

I was struck by Governor Shumlin’s rec-ognition of the pride of farmers and farm-ing – that is a significant shift in the last decade – “I’m a farmer, I’m thriving, I’m glowing. Our best days are ahead of us, we are just warming up.” All of the speakers spoke of the importance of food access and universal health care, with Shumlin com-menting, “health care is a right, not a privi-lege. What we eat and how we live our lives is part of our health care system.”

Senator Sanders echoed this on Sunday when he spoke at lunch, commenting on the importance of “health care for all” and “creating a society where we take care of our neighbors and our community.” He stated, “Is watching TV and buying corpo-rate products what life is all about?

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Workshops covered a wide range of topics, from weed control to the issue of genetic engineering, community gardening to managing flooded pas-tures. Many workshops were filled to capacity.

In addition, our new Friday seminars were also well-received. These day-long workshops gave us the opportunity to delve more deeply into topics of par-ticular concern for commercial farmers and serious homesteaders. This year the topics reflected our focus on resil-ience and included renewable energy, weed control, orchard health, beekeep-ing, and butchering.

Part of the joy and power of the winter conference comes from the mixing of many parts of our food community: beginning and experienced commer-cial farmers, home gardeners, educa-tors, activists, students, families, com-mitted localvores, curious newbies, and more. This diversity is also one of the keys to resiliency in Vermont’s food system, as all the players work together

to learn, teach, and grow a robust and vibrant network of food producers and consumers.

We at NOFA Vermont are proud to facilitate these connections through events like the Winter Conference. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, presenters, and everyone else who helps make it happen!

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From Wild Flavors, by Didi Emmons

• 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil• 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped

into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

• 4 garlic cloves

Recipe: Caramelized Parsnip Spread

• 3 teaspoons tahini (optional)• Juice of 2 lemon wedges• 1/2 teaspoon salt• Freshly cracked black pepper, to


1. Combine 2 tablespoon of the olive oil with the parsnips, 3 garlic cloves, and 3/4 cup water in a large skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, uncovered,until the water has evapo-rated, about 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Once the water has evaporated, the parsnips will begin to sauté, since the oil will not have evaporated. Reduce the heat to low and let the parsnips caramelize until golden brown, stir-ring only when necessary to keep them from burning. If you want a sweeter hummus, let the parsnips brown quite a bit. Either way, the parsnips should be tender.

3. Transfer the mixture to a food pro-cessor or blender. Add the remaining garlic clove as well as 3 tablespoons water and the tahini (if using). Blend until it is smooth. With the machine running, add the remaining 3 table-spoons olive oil. Season with lemon juice, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.

The Vermont Right to Know GMOs CoalitionHere in Vermont, NOFA-VT is a proud partner in the Vermont Right to Know GMOs Coalition. The Coalition has been formed in support of H. 722, the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Modified Foods Act, which would require labelling of food containing genetically modified ingredients.

The Campaign is a collaborative project of NOFA Vermont, Rural Vermont and VPIRG, as well as a rapidly grow-ing number of individuals and organizations. Visit to learn more and help Vermont become the first state to require labeling of GMOS.

We were thrilled to welcome author Didi Emmons to the winter conference this year, along with farmer Eva Sommaripa. Eva farms outside of Boston, MA, and focuses on herbs and wild plants. Didi’s book Wild Flavors: One Chef ’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm follows her relationship with Eva and her farm through the seasons.

At the Winter Conference, they taught a workshop entitled “Herbs and Weeds: How to Tame and Delight in Wild Flavors,” which used some of the recipes from the book. We chose this one for its unusual use of a vegetable which may be languishing at the bottom of many a localvore’s root cellar or CSA bin this time of year.

Didi writes: This spread resembles hummus in both color and texture, and it can be used similarly.

Photo by Caitlin Gildrien

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With nearly 40 farmers’ markets in Vermont now able to accept EBT cards, more and more farmers are rec-ognizing the benefits of reaching out to the 96,000 Vermonters each month that receive federal food assistance through the 3SquaresVT program.

3SquaresVT is Vermont’s name for the federal food benefits program called SNAP. In 2008 the Federal Food Stamp Program was renamed SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to help reflect the change from paper stamp benefits to the Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card. Vermont named the program “3SquaresVT” to convey how impor-tant this program is in helping ensure that all Vermont families have ample access to healthy and satisfying food.

While most supermarkets and grocery stores are equipped with card reading machines to accept EBT cards, direct farm-to-consumer outlets are just be-ginning to develop this capacity. The Vermont Farmers’ Market EBT and Debit Cards project, a collaboration be-tween NOFA-VT, the VT Department for Children and Families, Hunger Free Vermont, the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the VT Department of Agriculture, has dem-onstrated that 3SquaresVT participants are enthusiastic to use their federal food benefits to purchase farm-fresh food directly from Vermont producers. Over the past three years, 3SquaresVT purchases at farmers’ markets have in-creased every year.

These consumers are now interested in using their benefits at other local foods outlets, such as farm stands and CSA programs. Is your farm stand, CSA, or farmers’ market interested in accepting 3SquaresVT benefits? Here is a quick overview of how you can help make local food available to more Vermonters.

Reaching More Customers with 3SquaresVTBy Jean Hamilton, Former NOFA Vermont Market Development and Consumer Access Coordinator

Apply for an FNS number:Before any business can accept 3SquaresVT/SNAP payments, it needs to be approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services as an authorized retailer. The application is free and can be found online at or you can request a paper application by calling (518) 431-4274. It usually takes 4-6 weeks for your application to be approved.

Accepting 3SquaresVT BenefitsOnce you have received your FNS ap-proval number, you will need to set up a method for electronically trans-ferring the benefit dollars from the customer’s to your bank account. If you already accept debit and/or credit cards, you can simply add EBT service to your e-banking contract.

If you do not already have an electron-ic point of sale (POS) card reader, you can purchase one that is wired (needs electrical and phone service) or wire-less (runs on a battery and cell signal).

If you have access to electrical and phone hook-ups, the wired machines tend to be much cheaper to purchase and maintain. Many different compa-nies (including most local banks) offer these POS card readers. You can also request a free card reading machine from the Vermont Department for Children and Families, though these machines can only accept EBT cards (not debit or credit cards).

Wireless machines can be more ex-pensive, but are handy if your market or stand does not have access to elec-tricity and a telephone hookup.

If you anticipate a low volume of card transactions, you can manage them using paper vouchers and a telephone banking service. This option works well if you have fewer than 10 trans-actions per day and are able to call the toll-free banking number soon after your customers have authorized the sale. In this case, you do not need a POS card reader. For additional in-

3SquaresVT participants are enthusiastic to use their federal food benefits to purchase farm-fresh food directly from Vermont producers .

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formation about these options, con-tact Ames Robb, the EBT Director in the Department for Children and Families, at 802-769-6082 or [email protected].

Promote Your ServiceThe final step in bringing 3SquaresVT customers to your market is to get the word out! The fact that your farm ac-cepts EBT cards will attract custom-ers, so be sure to spread the news.

Announce the service on your website, at your farm stand, on your CSA bro-chure, and in all your farm’s advertising.

You can also ask social service providers to help spread the word by contacting your local community action office, food shelves, the United Way 211 hot-line, and

Accepting 3SquaresVT benefits is a great service to add to your busi-ness, especially if you participate in the Vermont Farm Share Program, as these programs have similar eligibility requirements.

As the local food movement grows to include more producers and more interested consumers, your farm busi-

ness can benefit from leveraging pro-grams like 3SquaresVT to cultivate a more diversified customer base.

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We can have a better life – a life that is not about consumption, but community.”

It is that sense of community that pervades the conference, for me, and is the energy that keeps me go-ing long into spring. I was moved, so many times, at the conference – start-ing Sunday morning with Wendy Johnson and Helen Whybrow root-ing us in our place and celebrating the farms and natural places that speak to us. “An isolated root system is not a safe world,” commented Wendy, re-

Enid’s thoughts, continued from page 1

flecting on the importance of keeping links and relationships and “working for the benefit of all beings.”

Next I went to the children’s confer-ence at the elementary school down the road where this theme of relation-ships was being played out in spades. There, three senior citizens, recipients of subsidized CSA shares through our Farm Share Program, joined the kids in making valentine honey bees under the tutelage of Bonnie Acker, the art-ist with the biggest heart I have ever met!

Bonnie and I are scheming a way to have a community art project at the adult conference next year…stay tuned. Thanks to so many members and non-members participating in the conference community this year, looking forward to seeing you all at some great summer gatherings.

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Staff Changes at NOFABy Enid Wonnacott, Executive Director

Jean Hamilton, Direct Marketing and Consumer Access Coordinator, left NOFA-VT in December to pur-sue a masters degree in Food Industry Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Jean has been replaced by Erin Buckwalter.

Erin started working with NOFA as the Children’s Conference Coordinator in 2011, and then worked throughout the year with Jean on farmers’ market support as she finished her masters’ degree in Community Development and Applied Economics from UVM. She brings incredible experience to this position – she and her husband are co-owners of Mountain View Farm in Starksboro, she is the man-ager of the Bristol Farmers’ Market, and has coordinating many commu-nity development projects throughout

Chittenden and Addison counties. At NOFA, Erin is responsible for our work in direct market development (farmers’ markets and CSAs), food ac-cess through EBT at direct markets, working with Abbie Nelson on a Farm to Institution demand analysis and infrastructure inventory, staff sup-port for the Vermont Farmers’ Market Association, and coordinating our Farm Share Program.

Libby McDonald, Food Education Every Day (FEED) Administrative and Communications Manager and Jr Iron Chef Coordinator, is slowly leaving NOFA as she works part-time coordinating Jr Iron Chef and takes classes for nursing school. After Jr Iron Chef is over in March, Libby will start school full-time, perhaps in her beloved Louisiana. The new FEED

Administrative and Communications Manager is Anne Bijur, based out of Shelburne Farms, our FEED partner.

Vera Simon-Nobes is new to NOFA-VT. Vera is a 2009 graduate of UVM, a Charlotte native, recently worked in California as a Community Outreach and Event intern, and has worked ex-tensively on programs which improve access to local food. Vera was the 2012 NOFA-VT Winter Conference Assistant, and is working with Olga Boshart Moriarty as a co-coordinator of the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference which will be held at UVM in August. 1

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By Mimi Arnstein, Wellspring Farm

“Un mundo mejor es posible,” read the mural in bright red and blue paint. With farmers, students and activists from twenty-six countries deep in ani-mated conversation under the bright morning sun, it felt like a better world is indeed possible.

I had the privilege of attending the Third International Conference on Agroecology outside Havana, Cuba this November. Over 300 participants toured Cuban farms, heard presenta-tions on agricultural and environmen-tal issues, and contributed the lessons learned from our home countries.

Women’s rights workers from Paraguay, seed savers from Brazil, peasants’ land rights activists from Guatemala, composting toilet ad-vocates from Mexico, and of course Cuban campesinos shared agricultural techniques and organizing strategies. The air was heady with ideals, passion, urgency and the scent of newly tilled soil ready for this winter’s planting of beans.

We split into smaller groups to tour diversified farms throughout Cuba by bus. Notable was the prevalence of intercropping on most farms. Beds of annual crops like beans, lettuce, po-tatoes and onions are alternated with perennial crops like plantains, papaya and guava. In this manner, the soil is completely covered and protected once the crops grow in.

As a commercial vegetable grower in Vermont, I had previously assumed that intercropping and permaculture principles might hinder productivity, but by touring these farms I could clearly see the benefits of efficient use

of fertility throughout the soil profile and the value in soil conservation.

Another area of advancement in Cuban agriculture is the network of cooperatives. Credit and service co-operatives are extensive in Cuba, and coordinate sales, product distribution, payment, technical assistance and bulk purchasing.

Their methodology of spreading best practices among farmers is called Campesino a Campesino, or Farmer to Farmer. Rather than rely on top-down dissemination, farmers visit one an-other to see the impact of new meth-

ods of feeding the soil and increasing production. We are lucky in Vermont to have to support of organizations like NOFA-VT which provide op-portunities for farmers to learn from one another. Among small farmers in

Cuba there is a saying, “When a farm-er sees, s/he does.”

Why attend a conference as far away as Cuba, in a country whose political and economic situation is vastly dif-ferent than ours? Cuba has been her-alded by some as a unique test case il-lustrating the challenges we may face in the future due to Peak Oil, or fuel shortage. Prior to the 1990s, Cuba received petroleum, fertilizers and tractors through their trade with the Soviet Union. When communism fell there, Cuba lost its conduit to these critical agricultural supplies neces-sitating the search for more self-suf-ficient methods of food production. Composting, vermiculture, use of an-imal-power and urban gardens to feed the cities have grown exponentially in Cuba as the people work towards food security.

Certainly there are lessons to learn from Cuba’s experiences, like the impor-tance of on-farm fertility production,

Un Mundo Mejor in Cuba

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Photo by Mimi Arnstein

Rather than rely on top-down dissemination, farmers visit one another to see the impact of new methods of feeding the soil and increasing production .

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farmer to farmer teaching, efforts to-ward a locally produced diet, and land reform policies which increase access to farmland. However, the challenges for Cuban food sovereignty are massive.

The US blockade on Cuba vastly re-stricts their ability to trade with other countries resulting in a stranglehold on the export and import of neces-sary goods. Our embargo also denies Cuba access to credit in the global fi-nancial system. Imagine if the United States did not have access to credit! Our economy would come to an abrupt standstill. For Cubans, there is little capital available to support

investments in production, research and infrastructure in all areas of their economy.

Despite these challenges, the perse-verance and pride of Cuban farmers exhibited at the conference provided ample inspiration. Bumping along the pot-holed roads in circa-1980 busses, as the sunlight dwindled, our tired international group of farmers and activists made our way back to home base.

A guitar strummed, and someone be-gan singing the chorus of a Mexican folksong, “Early this morning I went

to the fields and decided to plant corn…” Soon enough, we all caught on and raised our voices. With smiles on our faces and looking into one an-other’s eyes, we knew that we share one future. A future that we are dedi-cated to making better.

While certainly there is much to cri-tique about the Cuban government it-self, as Americans we can only have an impact on our own leadership. Please ask our representatives in Washington to end the US embargo against Cuba and US citizens’ travel restrictions to Cuba. Best of all, visit Cuba and talk with the people. You will be immea-surably rewarded.

Resources:La Via Campesina International peasants’ rights organization defending small-scale sustainable agricul-ture as a way to promote social justice and dignity; co-sponsor of the conference.

Global Exchange Leads educational trips to Cuba from the US.

Photo by Mimi Arnstein

Un Mundo Mejor, continued from page 10

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NOFA Vermont welcomes the following members who recently joined through our website, VOF certification applications, and other events.

Thank you for supporting Vermont organic agriculture!

New & Renewing Business Members• AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,

Williston• American Meadows, Inc.,

Williston• Brown Boar Farm, Wells• Co-operative Insurance

Company, Middlebury• Capitol Grounds, Montpelier• Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

• Fire Hill Enterprises, Florence• Green Mountain Spinnery,

Putney• Highland Sugarworks, Inc.,

Websterville• King Arthur Flour, White River

Jct• Moose River Media, St.

Johnsbury• Nourse Farms, Inc., MA• O’Bread, Shelburne• Progressive Asset

Management, Wells• Rhapsody Natural Foods, Inc.,

Cabot• Second Nature Herb Farm &

Horticultural Services, Wells• Vermont Association of

Conservation Districts, Waitsfield

• Vermont Bread Company, Brattleboro

• Vermont Compost, Montpelier

• Vermont Community Loan Fund, Montpelier

• Vermont Fresh Foods, Proctorsville

• Vermont Tea & Trading Co. Inc., Middlebury

• Well Dressed Greens, Burlington

• Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC, NH

• Weston A Price Foundation, Washington DC

• New Members• Grace Bailey, NH• Ranvinder Bains, MO• Wendy Bratt, Charlotte• Melanie Christner, FL• Jim Corven, Belmont• Annie Doran, ME• Nicle Duch, Montgomery

Center• Robert DuGrenier, Townshend

• Deborah Berryere, Vernon• Monty Fischer, Hardwick• Joseph Gajdosik Jr., AK• Emma Hallowell, Brattleboro• Melanie & Patrick Harrison,

Addison• Jessica Huyghebaert, Danby• James Minnich & Judy Persin,

Bethel• Eliza Mutino, Craftsbury

Common• Brandon Neil, FL• Catherine O’Neill, Bridgewater

Corners• Bud Shriner, Burlington• Gwen Slagle, Craftsbury

Common• Jim Smith, Smith Maple Farm,

Thetford Center• Rob Terry, CT• Meredith White & Tom Kelly,


Winter 2011 New Members

September – December 2011 Program SupportersThank you to all the businesses and individuals who participated in NOFA’s Share the Harvest Fundraiser for the NOFA Farm Share Program. A complete list of business sponsors is listed on our website. A total of $11,400 was raised with additional income anticipated.

Thank you to all the members and friends of NOFA who generously donated to our annual appeal. Over $46,000 has been raised as of the beginning of January for our annual fund and capital campaign contributions.

Thanks to our recent donors:• Allen & Margaret Moore Foundation,

$1,000, grant for general support

• The Amazing Planet Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, $100, grant for general support

• Barnard Book Fund at The Seattle Foundation, $5,000 grant for general support

• The Bufka Foundation, $2,000, grant for general support

• Franklin Conklin Foundation, $5,000, grant for general support

• King Arthur Flour, $1,000, oven sponsorship

• Porpoise Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, $5,000, grant for general program support

• The Skinny Pancake, $753.57, for general support

• Stonyfield Farm, Inc., $6,250, sponsor of NOFA Anniversary Celebration and support to farmers impacted by the flood

• Vermont Community Foundation, $10,000, donor advised grant for general program support

Program supporters:• Farm to Institution in New England (FINE),

$1,000, Regional Distribution Research and Documentation

• The High Meadows Fund, $20,000, to compile critical farm to institution market data to serve as a foundation for future agricultural development projects, and to help farmers scale up to meet institutional market demand

• The High Meadows Fund, $5,000 grant to provide educational opportunities at the winter conference on topics of building a resilient, adaptable food system in the face of changing climate conditions

• Johnson Family Foundation Fund of Vermont Community Foundation, $2,500 for the 2012 children’s conference and children’s programs

• Penley Corporation, $10,000, for Health Harvest Vermont

• People’s United Bank, $2,500 to support NOFA’s Farm Share Program

• USDA with prime recipient NOFA NY, Cultivating the Next Crop of Northeast Organic Farmers from Apprenticeship to Independence, $91,392

• USDA NIFA with prime recipient UVM: The Vermont New Farmer Network: Strategies for success, for advanced apprentice training and mentoring, and technical assistance, $48,000

• USDA Risk Management Agency with prime recipient UVM: Crop Insurance and Risk Management Education for Beginning, Socially Disadvantaged, Transitioning, and Farmers Converting Production, and Marketing Systems in Vermont Program, $20,000

• Vermont Agricultural Innovation Center, Scaling Up Vermont’s Local Food Production, Distribution, and Marketing, VT Agricultural Innovation Center, $32,419

• Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program, $82,600, for business planning and technical assistance

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Yes! I want to support NOFA Vermont!Name:



Town: State: Zip:

Maya and Camille Bower model t-shirts T-shirts & bags have our vivid color logo!

NOFA Store___ Adult organic cotton t-shirt with NOFA’s color logo (Women’s S, Unisex S M L XL) $15 + $3.50 s/h

___ Organic cotton tote bag with NOFA’s color logo! $10 +$3.50 s/h + 6% VT Sales Tax

Membership Options

___ Individual $30___ Farm/Family $40___ Business $50___ Sponsor $100___ Sustainer $250___ Basic* $15-25*The Natural Farmer not included

Complete this form & mail to: NOFA, PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 - or join online at nofavt .org!

We would like to acknowledge all the individuals and businesses that donated to our online auction to benefit the Farmer Emergency Fund . Over $23,000 was raised through the online auction and an addi-tional $250,000 through cash donations .

We would also like to thank the following business sponsors of the online auction:

• City Market, $500• Flavor Communications, $500 in-kind• Jamieson Insurance Agency, $100• Keybank, $500• Organic Trade Association, $500• WCNS The Point Radio, $1000 in-kind

As well as the following foundations and businesses that awarded grants to the Farmer Emergency Fund:

• The Ceres Trust, $50,000• The Hall Fund of Vanguard Charitable Endowment

Program, $500• James & Irene Hunter Charitable Trust, $10,000• Kokoro Fund, $500 • Lintilhac Foundation, $5,000• RCG Fund of Rose Community Foundation, $3,500• Stonyfield Farm, Inc., $20,000 • Sun Hill Foundation, $1,500• Vermont Community Foundation, $1,000

Farmer Emergency Fund Supporters

We would like to extend our apologies to Hunger Mountain Co-op, whose ad was inadvertently left out of the Winter Conference program. We appreciate the support of our sponsors - please support them in return! Look for Winter Conference Sponsors in the next issue of NOFA Notes .

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Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) are pleased to unveil a new logo to represent certified organic farmers and processors in Vermont .

The new identity was recently approved by VOF members through a mailed ballot and online voting. The revised VOF logo, which shares images with NOFA-VT’s logo, was cre-ated with input and feedback from certified producers.

In 2009, VOF farmers and processors voted to revise and combine the current VOF logos to create one logo that rep-resents all organic producers certified by Vermont Organic Farmers. VOF staff incorporated member feedback from the 2010 and 2011 annual meetings and implemented many of the design changes requested.

In addition, VOF conducted consumer and VOF member focus groups to determine how the logo will help VOF cer-tified producers distinguish their products in the market-place. The new VOF logo is just one component of a larger marketing strategy to educate consumers about the impor-tance of organic production in our state.

New logo . . .Same great organic

farmers and processors!

Look for this logo when shopping for Vermont certified organic products .

Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC, the certification program of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), is a USDA-accredited organic certification agency. For more information visit