"The most important thing about creativity is that you honor your creativity and you don't ever ignore it
or go against what that creative image is telling you.” — Lady Gaga

Vermont Fresh Network Announces 2019 Annual Meeting
RICHMOND, VT - The Vermont Fresh Network’s 23rd Annual Meeting combines panel discussions with networking opportunities connecting farmers, food producers, distributors, chefs, and other culinary professionals. The day is also open to any members of the public interested in looking at the future of food in Vermont through the intersection of our chefs and farmers. This event will take place on Monday, January 28th at the UVM Alumni House in Burlington.

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Vermont Creamery Receives
Good Food Award
Websterville, VT—Vermont Creamery was once again honored with a Good Food Award™, this time for St. Albans, a St. Marcellin-style aged cheese made from cows’ milk. The awards shine a spotlight on the taste-making crafters at the forefront of deliciousness and social and environmental excellence. The awards were announced on January 11 at a ceremony held in San Francisco, California. (continue)

Montpelier City Council Votes to Support
Socially Responsible Investments
MONTPELIER – In a unanimous decision, the Montpelier City Council on Wednesday voted to instruct the City’s Investment Committee to avoid investing in firms that make a majority of their profits from the sales of alcohol, firearms and fossil fuels. “This vote represents a lot of work behind the scenes by our Investment Committee and Investment Managers. (continue)

Community Engagement Lab offers
Grants for Teaching Artists
MONTPELIER, Vt. –– The Community Engagement Lab is offering grants of up to $10,000 for teaching artists to create public art that strengthens awareness of a pressing social challenge and opportunity. Teaching artists applying for the newly-created Thriving Communities Project Grants must propose an artwork that explores this essential question: “The Earth is speaking–– how do we respond?” (continue)

Northern Vermont Startup Culture
The Economic Engine for Vermont
Northern Vermont borders Canada to the north, New Hampshire to the east and New York to the west. Like the rest of Vermont, Northern Vermont is mainly rural. Large swaths of farmland still adorn the landscape from the eastern shore of Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River . Dairy and dairy products are a only a small part of the Vermont economy, with agriculture contributing less than 2 percent to the gross domestic product. (continue)

CASE STUDY —
VITLACCESS PROVIDER PORTAL
Visiting Nurses Association Adopts
VITLAccess Provider Portal
The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) is the latest home health agency in Vermont using VITLAccess, the secure provider portal to the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE). VITLAccess gives their clinicians the capability to view accurate and up-to-date (continue)