Our Study Finds 14.3 Million Pounds of Food Lost Annually from Vermont Farms

Salvation Farms is proud to release the Vermont Food Loss on Farms Study, recently produced by our team and Isgood Community Research.

Food loss occurs when edible, quality food is neither sold or donated and therefore goes uneaten. Our analysis, based on farmer surveys we administered this spring and available agricultural data, is to our knowledge the first empirical study measuring food loss on Vermont farms.

Read our full study here.Screenshot of interview with Theresa Snow on CCTV

Our new estimate for food loss: 14.3 million pounds of wholesome vegetables & berries are lost in Vermont annually – enough to fill 7,000 pickup trucks

Of the 14.3 million:

...32% is unpicked although still edible. The top reason (cited by nearly half of the farmers) for leaving the crop in the field: blemishes
<<< “Naturally beautiful” carrots like the one pictured often do not make it to market.

...68% is harvested produce, neither sold nor donated.

With all the variables in farming, surplus is inevitable - but waste at this scale doesn't have to be. Gleaning operations in Vermont are currently capturing under 5% of the 14.3 million pounds. Salvation Farms continues working with partners in all corners of the state to increase the capture and efficient distribution of this surplus and get more Vermont-grown food onto people’s plates.

Find the full study here:
Food Loss in Vermont: Estimating Annual Vegetable and Berry Loss

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How We Meet Our Mission

Utilizing local resources, skills and knowledge, we create strong partnerships across industries and sectors to effectively move surplus food from farms to those who need it.


Salvation Farms in the news:

Vermont Gleans Crops for Food Waste Event - The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, 5/10/16

Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty - Seven Days, 4/10/16

Measuring Food Waste: Salvation Farms Takes Gleaning to a New Level - The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, 2/5/16

Alt Text: Screenshot of interview with Theresa Snow on CCTV

<<< Interview with our Executive Director, Theresa Snow - CCTV, with the Vermont Workers Center, October 2015.

No Crop Left Behind: Gleaning for a Food Secure Future - England Grassroots Environment Fund, Fall 2015

Salvation Farms: Resilience Through Food Surplus Management - Sustainability Institute at University of New Hampshire, Fall 2015

More Salvation Farms in the News here

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    Taking Stock

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    A volunteer stoops to retrieve acorn squash.

    Winter Solstice is upon us. On these days of least light, historically a time to check winter food reserves, we at Salvation Farms take stock, plan, and sow hope in the birth of a new year.

    This fall saw transitions and expansions in both our team and programs. We welcomed James Hafferman into the role of Director of Administration and Development, and expanded our Board of Directors. Developing our programs at a fast clip over the past few months has had us on our toes, and our AmeriCorps VISTAs offer reflections on their program involvement below. It is with gratitude that we pause to compose this update for … Read More

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