Developing Vermont’s Food System through Planning

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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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.


Alison Low , AICP , Northeastern VT Devel Assn , Saint Johnsbury , VT (see bio)
Taylar Foster , AICP , Eden Mills , VT (see bio)