The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) partners with the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) to produce this annual State Farm to School Legislative Survey. The Survey summarizes all state farm to school related bills proposed between 2002-2014, whether enacted, defeated or still pending. It also provides analysis on this legislation and guidance on developing state farm to school systems. Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools, preschools and childcare centers and providing educational opportunities in health, nutrition and agriculture through school curricula. The most recent 2014 update includes case studies on Alaska, the District of Columbia, Oregon and Texas.
Building a sustainable food system with fair labor practices and minimal waste is an ongoing effort that faces many challenges, but the benefits of better agricultural practices can improve lives around the globe. This infographic highlights the issues and needed improvements.
Farm and Food Legal Resources is a collection of online, existing legal resources compiled and organized by the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS). CAFS developed this resource for individuals and organizations involved in sustainable food and agriculture. Consequently, the materials reflect an emphasis on sustainability, local and regional food systems as well as the innovations in food and agriculture occurring at the state and regional level.
The purpose of this website is to provide consumers with information to help them navigate food labels and make informed food choices about the products they buy. Unfortunately, food labels and what they mean are not straightforward. This site explains the most common statements on food labels, including what information must be disclosed, what information is voluntary, and what is not included on food labels.
This guide is a compilation of existing, on-line legal resources targeted to help farm-seekers, farmers, landowners and farmer/landowner-advocates understand and navigate various legal issues related to accessing and transferring farmland in New England. We, Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, developed this guide in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Library.
Podcasts of food-related radio interviews broadcast from a community radio station in South Royalton, Vermont.