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LAUNCHED: Vermont Food System Atlas

[Web Development, Community, UI/UX Design]
In the summer of 2012 we wrote about our partnership with Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to create the Vermont Food System Atlas web application, which we're proud to announce launched last year! We delayed this announcement so that VSJF could have first dibs, but the cat has been out of the bags for months now. As you may remember, VSJF envisions the VT Food Atlas as the information hub for their Farm to Plate Initiative. Our developers spent months working with massive data sets that VSJF provided about our local food system, but given that this really is their F2P vision, I think they can better explain what the new Atlas site is all about:

The Vermont Food System Atlas is now the permanent home of all Farm to Plate Strategic Plan documents and resources:

Vermont Food Atlas Logo
  • On the homepage you can find stories, tweets and videos from many food system organizations, job listings, news and announcements, and events.
  • Click on “The Plan” to access all sections of the Strategic Plan, download and collect stories, links, reports and publications, data, and all images created by VSJF.
  • Click on “Getting to 2020” to access all Farm to Plate goals, download data, view progress on strategies and actions being advanced by the Farm to Plate Network and individual Network members, and explore additional indicators and cross references.
  • Click on “The Network” to explore Working Group, Cross-cutting Team, and Task Force activities, and find group members, news, announcements, and meetings and events. Network members can log in to access documents and communicate with other Network members.
  • Click on “The Atlas” to search Vermont’s food system by people and places, region, keyword, and food system categories.
Below is a screenshot of the interactive "Atlas" section of the site: Vermont Food Atlas VSJF hopes that the new Food Atlas will be a model, both nationally and globally, for promoting the local food movement which is all about encouraging local food production and consumption.
The primary goals of the legislation are to:
  1. Increase economic development in Vermont’s food and farm sector.
  2. Create jobs in the food and farm economy.
  3. Improve access to healthy local foods.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the project, head on over to the new site now to learn about your neighbors' roles in the VT Food Atlas. It's really something that can't be explained - only experienced - so feel free to explore a bit and then let us know what you think in the comments below. We're currently working on "Phase II", so stay tuned for announcements on user interface and reporting improvements in the coming weeks. Additional Info: The Vermont Food System Atlas: A Clearinghouse Website to Advance our Local Food System on UVM Food Feed by Erica Campbell, VT F2P Program Director Vermont Food System Atlas Nears Completion on The Bridge, by Rachel Carter, VSJF Communications Director