Developing Vermont’s Food System through Planning
You'll learn about:
How Vermont has developed an innovative food system at the state, regional, and local level
The different scales of planning and how food system plans can be nested and linked
How Vermont planners coordinated food-system implementation to reach food system planning goals
How regional planning entities can engage and connect stakeholders across multiple scales and sectors
Vermont is a national leader in multi-scalar food system planning, with both statewide and regional planning efforts. Explore the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and the Regional Food System Plan for Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Discover key lessons learned from both planning processes and the resulting coordinated implementation of statewide and regional food-system plans at the community level. The coordination of implementation efforts has led to a stronger agricultural economy, more creative land-use planning, and collaboration between a plethora of usual and new partners.
During this session, you will first study two case examples that illustrate multi-scalar food-system planning (local plans nested within a regional plan nested within a statewide plan) and the varying challenges of implementing a regional plan at the hyper-local (community) level. Then you'll explore and discuss challenges and opportunities to link planning efforts across scales, sectors, and disciplines in your community.
, Northeastern VT Devel Assn
, Saint Johnsbury
Confirmed SpeakerAlison Low, AICP CFM is a Senior Planner at Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the regional planning commission and economic development corporation serving 50 communities of the Northeast Kingdom, the most rural region of Vermont. In addition to researching and updating the Regional Food System Plan for the Northeast Kingdom, she has worked to develop zoning regulations that minimize fragmentation of working lands. Additionally, she has written and administered grant funds to construct key food system infrastructure, including the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick, and the Cellars at Jasper Hill (a multi-million subterranean cheese aging facility) in Greensboro.
, Eden Mills
Confirmed SpeakerTaylar Foster, AICP is currently working as a planning consultant, specializing in food systems, community development, and hazard mitigation planning. Taylar chairs the statewide Farmland Access and Stewardship Working Group of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network and previously worked as the Project Manager for the Regional Food System Plan for Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She is active in the Vermont Planners Association, the local chapter of APA. Taylar has worked as a Regional Land Use Planner at one of Vermont’s regional planning commissions and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji. She is also the Community Supported Agriculture Manager for Pete's Greens, a 4-season organic farm. She has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she specialized in Food Systems and Land Use Planning.