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Webinar Series: Sourcing & Selling Vermont Food in the Time of COVID-19

March 31, 2020

The Sourcing & Selling Vermont Food in the Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series being developed by a team from UVM Extension, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Farm to Plate, Vermont Fresh Network, and other partners to help Vermont’s farm and food system build resiliency and support safety in these challenging times. 



Wed, April 15, 12pm

Getting Started with Online Sales led by Zac Smith of UVM Extension Farm Viability. Register here


Tuesday, April 21, 2pm

Direct Market Farmers Accepting SNAP/EBT led by Jennie Porter of NOFA-VT. Register here


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COVID-19 Adaptations for Farms with Direct Sales, eCommerce, and Agritourism


As essential businesses, how are farms adapting to the evolving COVID-19 situation with no-contact direct sales, restaurant closures, and farmers markets in flux? Vermont is fortunate to have creative farmers leading the way. Farmers interested in direct sales, as well as ag service providers and others supporting farms are invited to share strategies, challenges, and resources.

Panelists include:

  • Shannon Varley from Strafford Village Farm will talk about transitioning their farmstand to online ordering with drive-thru and delivery.
  • Alissa Matthews from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will let us know where to find the latest guidelines for CSAs and farmers markets.
  • Sara DeFilippi from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing will give an update on resources from ACCD.
  • Hans Estrin from UVM Extension will discuss new models of direct sales and produce safety

Below is a list of COVID-19 resources and links that came up during the conversation:

Vermont Agency of Ag (VAAFM)

UVM Extension Farm Viability Advisors

UVM Extension Ag Engineering

Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association


Individual counseling and triage for farm families

Send virtual/online events to

Farm to Plate has created a Resource Collection for COVID-19 Support.

If you’d like to add to this collection or find something that needs a correction made/adjustment, please email Kelly@vsjf.orgcontaining all of the following:

  • Resource Name
  • Brief Description
  • A Relevant Image (if you have one)
  • URL to resource or the file
  • Section It Should be Placed Under (Resources, Funding/Insurance, Matchmaking/Volunteering, Food Safety, Technical Assistance, Food Access, Merchandising Resources, or let me know if we need a new section)

For Vermont Farm to Plate - please feel free to submit all virtual events and webinars for farm events as well as organizations planning events like this one. Submit here: 

Cornell Food Safety

Cornell Consumer FAQ

Foodboro has set up an option for creating an commerce marketplace

We are developing a list for future webinars that will go in depth on different topics with different presenters. What do you want to hear about and who do you want to hear from? Please send ideas to


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