Businesses must meet the following criteria to qualify for partner membership. There are 4 areas for qualification:
1. Partnerships Members must regularly source food from farms in Vermont (+30 miles) and from VFN Members.
2. Purchases 15%* of more of annual food purchases must be Vermont (+30) grown or raised food.
3. Diversity of Vermont Food Members' regular menus must contain local products in 3 of the 6 USDA food groups
4. Participation Members are engaged in local food system work, and attend (or host) at least one relevant event each year.
Answers to the following questions are for office use only and not published. If you don't currently meet Partner Member criteria, a Supporting Member option is also available - in the case of restaurants not yet open, a Supporting Membership is recommended, and the cost will be discounted from dues if you join within the year.
Gold Barn membership signifies the top local food purchases in VFN and is automatically calculated from these answers. Details on the current Gold Barn criteria are available online.
*10% is the threshold for health care institutions and schools.
The Vermont Fresh Network is successful every year through the engagement of our Partner Members. You can learn about things we’re doing through the Fresh Insider (members are automatically subscribed) and our website VermontFresh.net. You can also be notified about opportunities to participate in specific upcoming projects by selecting areas of interest on this survey. (Survey will open in a new window)