Vermont Public Radio Explores Success of State’s Farm to Plate Program

Ten years after Vermont’s Farm-to-Plate Investment Program was created, Vermont Public Radio’s Did It Work? series explored the program’s accomplishments. The initiative aimed for economic development in the state’s food and farm sector, job creation, and improved access to healthy food. Stakeholders helped create a strategic plan in 2011, and the state’s lawmakers have committed nearly $9 million for matching grants through the Working Lands Enterprise Fund. According to this evaluation, the program has largely worked, as local food spending has tripled since the program began, and the number of food and beverage manufacturing businesses has grown 72%. The feature offers two case studies highlighting success stories under the program. The state’s lawmakers recently renewed the legislation for the coming decade.