Renewing? Please fill out the short list of required fields and only anything that has changed or you'd like to update (description, contact name, address, etc.). Unfortunately, the form does not auto-fill your previous entries.
Please check the partners - we add to the list monthly!
New members: Please fill this form out as thoroughly as possible. Much of this information populates your directory listings.
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 source from at least 4 VFN Members.
2. Purchases: 15%* or 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 number one request we hear from VFN Partner Members is that they want more marketing assistance. We're happy to oblige, but "marketing assistance" covers a lot of topics and a lot of types of assistance. To help us better understand our members' interests in this area, we've designed a short, 5 minute survey. It's optional but this is shaping your member benefits so we hope you'll take a few minutes to answer! (Survey will open in a new window, link also available on the Member Resources page at VermontFresh.net)
We welcome donations to our Conference Program, which provides funds for Vermont food system professionals to attend nationally significant conferences and gatherings, then share what they learned throughout the network back home in Vermont.