Vermont Farmers Food Center

At A Glance

Location: 

Rutland, Vermont

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food

Active since:

2011

Grants Received In:

  • 2013

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

8

Community Size:

15,942

Our Purpose

Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase the accessibility of local food in the Rutland Region by expanding market opportunities for local producers and providing farm and food-based education to the community. VFFC began as a grassroots, volunteer-led project and is revitalizing 3 acres of industrially zoned land to create the infrastructure necessary for agriculture to serve as an economic engine in our region. Projects to date include a shared-use, certified Incubator Kitchen; renovated space to host the Vermont Farmers Market; a farm-to-patient CSA called Health Care Share; and VFFC’s Community Garden: ten accessible vegetable garden beds interspersed with pollinator friendly perennials. The garden space is utilized in VFFC’s educational programming and supplements produce for Health Care Share program.

Summary of Projects

The Center received a Grow grant in 2013 to renovate existing space into a public classroom on site at VFFC so as to have the appropriate space to present food workshops that promote the consumption of fresh locally grown food. By providing classroom space for food education and community building, VFFC volunteers will be able to provide food related educational classes for at risk families who are not presently part of the VFFC community.