Announcing our Dairy on DigInVT.com ProjectNovember 9, 2020
We are pleased to announce that we have received funding through a Vermont Breakfast on the Farm grant.
Our project, Vermont Hot Chocolate Week and Dairy on DigInVT.com, will engage dairy farms in all four features of the DigInVT.com website. Stay tuned this winter for "Meet the Dairy Farmer" blog profiles, a new dairy-themed trail, and the first ever (that we know of) Vermont Hot Chocolate Week. Our staff will be hard at work producing original content and focusing on collaborative marketing with farms and partners across the state. A week-long celebration, Vermont Hot Chocolate Week will feature dairy farms, recipes, restaurants, and tie in with winter activities.
Via the DigInVT website and its programs, we engage the public in many ways with Vermont’s local food, beverages and farms of all kinds. DigInVT.com is a tool to encourage the public to experience Vermont farm life firsthand, whether through farm stays, Open Farm Week events, Maple Open House Weekend (and other partner events), on-farm workshops and dinners, pick-your-own seasons, shopping at farmstands, and more. This project aligns with both DigInVT’s mission and Vermont Breakfast on the Farm by engaging the public with modern dairy farming.
Read the full Vermont Breakfast on the Farm's press release.
VT Breakfast on the Farm Awards $31,000 in Dairy Promotion Grants
Grants Support Community Outreach & Dairy Education Initiatives
Williston, VT – This year Vermont Breakfast on the Farm shifted its approach to agritourism due to COVID-19. Instead of hosting in-person breakfast on the farm events, a virtual tour was held at Newmont Farm in Bradford, VT for 1,800 people in May. In addition, a new grant program was created to give Vermont farmers and industry organizations the opportunity to engage the public in learning about modern dairy farming in the Green Mountain State in creative ways.
Vermont Breakfast on the Farm awarded more than $31,000 to six dairy farms, farmer organizations and other Agricultural-based non-profits to promote dairy farming and dairy foods. The circumstances of 2020 made this initiative possible, and the projects outlined below will help further connect the public to hard working farm families and the dairy products they make.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressures on many aspects of Vermont life. The agricultural sector certainly wasn’t spared from these challenges,” explained Committee Chair Melissa Carabeau. “However, I am continually amazed by the hard work and perseverance of our dairy farming community. Our goal is for these grassroots-efforts to positively impact communities in a time when local food production has become more important than ever.”
This grant program is an opportunity to empower farmers and organizations to amplify the core mission of Vermont Breakfast on the Farm: to engage the public in learning about modern dairy farming in Vermont. Programs will be launched and completed by May of 2021. Each program is required to provide measurement and results of their activities.