Monday was the start of National School Lunch week and there was something to celebrate at Summit Street School in Essex Junction – a new milk contract that will provide 135 Vermont schools with milk that supports the health of our children, local farms and the environment.The Agency of Agriculture joined Vermont FEED, the Vermont Food Service Directors association to announce a new contract with Garelick Farms, based in Franklin, MA, that will provide schools with the choices they’ve been looking for, milk that comes from Vermont farms in 8 or 10 ounce recyclable plastic bottles and a chocolate milk formula with no high fructose corn syrup.”The sugar content of flavored milk can be a concern but this formula from Garelick farms, takes out the high fructose corn syrup and reduces the overall sugar content. They’ve also made sure kids still like it, and will drink it. It’s a good way to get more milk and more nutrients into our kids,” said Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.The Vermont Food Service Directors Association (FDA) represents 135 schools in Vermont and has worked for nine years to find a milk supplier that would meet their requirements.”Due to the ability of the Food Service Directors Association to negotiate a competitive bid process and to distribute through our local food distributor we were able to bring Garelick into the picture in Vermont where it did not exist before,” said Bob Clifford, Food Service Director for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Co-Director of FDA.The new milk deal also provides greater support for our Vermont dairy farmers. Last year school milk contained about 40 percent Vermont milk, now 85 to 90 percent of the school milk comes from Vermont farms. The switch to Vermont milk is representative of the growing Farm to School efforts around the state. Abbie Nelson, Director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) said, ‘More and more of the food in the 52,000 lunches served at Vermont schools every day comes from Vermont.’Deputy Secretary Bothfeld addressed third graders at Summit Street school about the importance of supporting local farmers and being healthy. ‘And you know what is really important, that when the milk tastes good and it is the right size, you drink more and I like that because I work with dairy farmers in Vermont and every time you guys drink more milk, they get sales and everyone does real well.”The new contract also allows schools to switch from non-recyclable wax coated cardboard containers to the recyclable plastic. “Recycling is good because if you just threw stuff away all the time it would take up the whole entire world,” said Oliver MacGillivary, a Summit Street student.It seems this switch is a win all around, thanks to the efforts of the Food Service Directors Association.Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Join us October 5-8 in Nelson County, VA for The 8th Annual Festy Experience– an ideal fall weekend celebrating amazing music, local craft food and beer, and the great outdoors. Whether you are camping for the entire weekend or simply coming for the day, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family– from face painting, rock climbing, and instrument making (for the kids) to craft beer and cider tastings (for the grown ups). All of this with an amazing live soundtrack by these artists: The daily schedule and single day ticket will be available on 8/29. You may purchase tickets here . Blue Ridge Outdoors Presents: The Blue Ridge Burn 5k/10k Trail RunOctober 7th Packet Pick Up: 8:00amRace: 9:30amAmong Festy’s many outdoor activities is the Blue Ridge Burn 5k/10k trail run. The course will begin inside The Festy grounds and will wind through picturesque rolling hills of Infinity Downs Farm. Registration is $25 and includes a race T-shirt! All proceeds will benefit the Souther Environmental Law Center. You may register here here. Please remember to fill out this form.
Great brands are built by people. In working with our clients, we use a customized brand triangle approach which says “management leads the brand, employees live the brand and consumers love your brand.”Barry Sliverstein, in his book Breakaway Brands, says “More and more, management plays a crucial role in the success of a brand that breaks away from the pack.”But what specifically can an executive at a bank or credit union do to actually lead their brand? Here are four ways you can lead your financial institution’s brand.Set the tone—It all starts at the top. As a leader in your organization, people are going to follow your example. If your brand is built on service, then how are you serving your employees? They will model what they see from you. For example, if your brand culture is fun then you should ensure the workplace is fun. If your brand culture is putting consumers first then you should put your employees first. You set the tone.Identify the gaps—Every credit union and bank has brand gaps. There can be gaps between your brand and your strategy, gaps between your brand and your employees and gaps between your brand and your operations. As a leader you must know exactly where those gaps exists. If you are unsure where those gaps are a great step to take is a marketing audit. You acknowledge (and fix) the gaps. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Nairobi: The World Athletics inspection team will be in Nairobi next week to scrutinize the organizational structures and work progress ahead of this year’s World U-20 Championships. This will be the third visit by the World Athletics. World Athletics’ executive director of communications Jackie Brock-Doyle and head of event operations Toni Jorba will be in Nairobi to check on renovation work and laying of tartan at Kasarani Stadium, the venue of the championships, which will start from July 7. Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said on Monday that the team’s visit will focus on the work done by the Local Organizing Committee, one year since their last show, where they met then Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echessa and other top government officials.“A strong delegation from World Athletics is due in Nairobi for inspection. It is a big team of about 25 delegates. They arrive in the country on February 11. They will be here on February 12-13 to meet the Organizing Committee. We have done much so far in preparing for their tour,” Tuwei said.World Athletics Council’s session in July in Buenos Aires picked Nairobi as the host city of the next World Athletics U-20 Championships.Kenya won the bid following a largely successful World U-18 Championships held in 2017 with a record turnout of over 60,000 fans attending.However, the curse of doping threatens to taint the most successful nation in track and field.More than 60 elite runners, including Rio Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and 1,500m three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop, have been suspended for doping. AgenciesAlso Read: India condemns Nairobi hotel attackAlso Watch: This Human-Elephant friendship from Manas National Park will leave you in awe