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Sustain’s Vermont Farm to Plate Webinar Series

This December Sustain: The Australian Food Network is hosting a series of events to bring you an in-depth look at Vermont Farm to Plate plan—perhaps the most comprehensive food and farming system strategy of its kind.

Across three webinars, Director Jake Claro and Network Manager Sarah Danly will discuss how the program has increased employment, business creation and food security through whole-of-system actions in Vermont.

Practitioners and policy makers from across Australia will also share state and local initiatives, and discuss how the Vermont approach could be applied here at home.

We’re all about getting good food news out there, so the first webinar is free!

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Vermont Farm to Plate Plan-from 2009 to 2020 and beyond

In the first of a three-part webinar series, Program Director Jake Claro and Network Manager Sarah Danly will share an overview of the decade-old program: How it has successfully increased employment, business creation and food security through collaborative, whole-of-system actions and networking, aligned to a shared agenda of a better food and farming system for Vermont.

Date: December 2, 11 am – 1 pm AEDT

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Planning for Sustainable Farming and Healthy Food Access

Increasing protection for farmland is a crucial step in bringing about food system resilience and fair food access. This is a particularly pressing issue for the areas surrounding Australia’s fast developing cities, but assuring the long-term security of farming areas is a pertinent lesson for the country as a whole. In this webinar, Program Director Jake Claro and Network Manager Sarah Danly will discuss how their work in Vermont attends to the intersection of food access with land use planning and farmland protection.

Date: December 9, 11 am – 1 pm AEDT

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How the Public Purse Can Drive Food Systems Change: The Role of Institutional Procurement

The ways in which large institutions, such as schools and hospitals, purchase food have a sizeable impact on the larger food ecosystem. Leveraging institutional food procurement can be a powerful means of supporting local producers and ensuring consumers access to nutritious food–potentially creating a food system that is more equitable, sustainable, and resilient. In this webinar, Program Director Jake Claro and Network Manager Sarah Danly will discuss their experiences with institutional procurement, highlighting both its benefits and its many logistical complications.

Date: December 16, 11 am – 1 pm AEDT

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For more information, contact Arianna Lim, Communications and Strategy Support Officer for Sustain on arianna@sustainaustralia.org

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