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CAFS Partners with the National Farm to School Network

November 11, 2013

South Royalton, VT—The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School announced today that it is partnering with the National Farm to School Network, a project of the Tides Center, to update and produce a detailed 50-state survey of farm to school legislation that will be disseminated widely to policy makers and farm to school advocates.

Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools or preschools and providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, such as school gardens, farm field trips and cooking lessons. Farm to school improves the health of children and communities while supporting local and regional farmers. The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local farm to school programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.

"The National Farm to School Network has helped to lay a solid framework for the future of farm to school programming in this country," stated Laurie Ristino, Director of the Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. "We are excited to be partnering with such an important organization on this project."

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems seeks to develop the next generation of sustainable foods and agriculture law and policy leaders, while providing legal and policy resources and solutions to help build sustainable local and regional food systems. In addition to offering an expanding curriculum in food and agriculture law and policy at Vermont Law School, the Center supports scholars and practitioners in producing practical, robust scholarship for use by the food and agricultural community. For more information about the Center and its projects, click here or contact Laurie Ristino at 802-831-1230.


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit