Ruffa Appointed to Farm to Plate Steering Committee
Liz Ruffa, project director of Northshire Grows and a resident of East Dorset, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, a project of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in Montpelier that oversees agricultural and food system development for Vermont. Farm to Plate, Vermont’s food system plan, is being implemented statewide to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. They partner with Food Solutions New England, a think tank based at U Mass Amherst working to ensure that 50 percent of the food consumed in northern New England will be produced locally by 2060. The Steering Committee provides network governance and is responsible for identifying gaps in strategies, developing processes for learning, organizing the annual gathering and shaping the evolution of its infrastructure. It is comprised of 10 members.
Ruffa has also been elected co-chair of the Network’s consumer education and marketing group and will oversee a statewide local food campaign now in development. For more information, visit VT Farm to Plate.
Northshire Grows was launched in 2014 to help develop a robust local food culture in the area known as the Northshire, providing resources and technical assistance to farms and food producers, organizing community events for Bennington County. Northshire Grows also provides professional development and procurement assistance to schools, colleges and healthcare institutions in the region. Visit northshiregrows.org to learn more.