§4724. Local foods coordinator

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/06/211/04724
Published: 2015

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4724. Local foods coordinator

(a) The position

of local food coordinator is established in the agency of agriculture, food and

markets for the purpose of assisting Vermont producers to increase their access

to commercial markets and institutions, including schools, state and municipal

governments, and hospitals.

(b) The duties

of the local foods coordinator shall include:

(1) working with

institutions, distributors, producers, commercial markets, and others to create

matchmaking opportunities that increase the number of Vermont institutions that

purchase foods grown or produced in Vermont;

(2) coordinating

funding and providing support to the farm-to-school and farm-to-institutions

programs within the agency of agriculture, food and markets, and coordinating

with interested parties to create matchmaking opportunities that increase

participation in those programs;

(3) encouraging

and facilitating the enrollment of state employees in a local community

supported agriculture (CSA) organization;

(4) developing a

database of producers and potential purchasers and enhancing the agency's

website to improve and support local foods coordination through the use of

information technology; and

(5) providing

technical support to local communities with their food security efforts.

(c) The local

foods coordinator, working with the commissioner of buildings and general

services pursuant to rules adopted under 29 V.S.A. § 152(14), shall:

(1) encourage

and facilitate CSA enrollment by state employees through the use of approved

advertisements and solicitations on state-owned property; and

(2) implement

guidelines for the appropriate use of state property for employee participation

in CSA organizations, including reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and

manner of solicitations, advertisements, deliveries, and related activities to

ensure the safety and welfare of state property and its occupants.

(d) The local

foods coordinator shall administer a local foods grant program, the purpose of

which shall be to provide grants to allow Vermont producers to increase their

access to commercial and institutional markets. (Added 2011, No. 52, § 42, eff.

May 27, 2011.)