The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Farm to Plate Network are in the process of updating the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan - Vermont's legislatively enabled statewide food system plan. Your voice matters - we need your input to develop a new vision for farming and food, and prioritize how we support and develop food and agriculture in the next decade! By answering the questions below you'll be adding your voice to the plan and helping to shape the next 10 years of farm and food development in Vermont.

Note that when we use the word "food", we're referring to activities related to food manufacturing and processing, distribution, sales (e.g., direct sales, along with sales at grocery stores, restaurants, and institutions), and the supporting services, programs, events, and educational experiences.

Answering the questions will take about 15-20 minutes. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to a farmer's market of the winner's choice. We thank you for your time and contributions to this important effort!

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* 1. How important is local farming and food to you?

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* 2. What do you specifically value about local farming and food in Vermont?

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* 3. Has COVID-19 led you to think differently about the value of local farming, food production, and the food system as a whole in any way? If so, how?

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* 4. Does the presence of farming and availability of local food positively influence your decision to live in Vermont?

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* 5. How familiar are you with the first Farm to Plate Strategic Plan published in 2011?

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* 6. How familiar are you with part 1 of Vermont’s Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020?

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* 7. Please tell us what you think is working well in Vermont related to farming and food that should continue to be supported so it can thrive in the next decade.

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* 8. What are the biggest challenges to Vermont farms and food, or concerns you have about Vermont farms and food, that you think should be tackled in the next ten years?

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* 9. Out of everything you have listed as important, successful, and challenging, what would you say are the top three priorities to focus on in the next 10 years?

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* 10. We want to know what your vision for the future of farming and food is in Vermont. In one or two sentences, what do you want farming and food in Vermont to look like in the next ten years?

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* 11. Please let us know any questions you have about agriculture in Vermont - something you've wondered about for a long time that you've wanted to ask someone working in farming and food, or a question you have related to farming and food that you can't find an answer to.

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* 12. What other issues are you concerned about for Vermont or your community? Are there ways that farming and food are related to these issues in any way?

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