Fresh Food Initiatives
In 2009 the Vermont Foodbank made substantial progress toward increasing the amount of locally sourced produce in its distribution system. Significant steps taken include the incorporation of a statewide farm gleaning operation and the purchase of the Kingsbury Farm, from which the Foodbank is able to produce its own crops and manage the harvest distribution. This year also brought the Pick For Your Neighbor program to the Vermont Foodbank.
The Vermont Foodbank is committed to improving access to fresh healthy produce for Vermonters who need food assistance. Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess or unmarketable produce from a farm. This act of rescuing food allows the Foodbank to gather and distribute as much as 400,000 pounds of fresh, local produce each year throughout the state.
Pick for Your Neighbor
Pick for Your Neighbor is a partnership between the Vermont Foodbank, the Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. During apple harvest season citizens and companies are encouraged to visit a participating orchard to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Foodbank.
The Kingsbury Farm in Warren is the result of a unique partnership between the Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont Land Trust. Along with providing high-quality fresh food, the Kingsbury Farm project also preserves valuable Vermont farm land and a historic farmstead, and protects the critical riverside habitat.
To learn more about the Foodbank's agricultural programs, contact:
Michelle Wallace, Program Manager