Our Mission and Vision

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The Intervale Center manages 350 acres of farmland and wildlife corridors within the city limits of Burlington, VT. The Intervale is depicted here as part of the green space at the northern edge of the city.

The Intervale Center’s mission is to strengthen community food systems. We accomplish our mission through:

  • New farm incubation,
  • Farm business development,
  • Agricultural market development,
  • Agricultural land stewardship,
  • Food systems research and consulting and
  • Celebration of food and farmers!

A community food system, according to Steven Garrett and Gail Feenstra in their 1999 publication, Growing a Community Food System (Pullman, WA: Western Rural Development Center), is “one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of a particular place”

The Intervale Center has been building this kind of food system for our community for over 20 years. Our work is guided by three organizational goals, which were formalized during a 2010 Strategic Planning process:

  • To enhance the viability of farming
  • To promote the sustainable use and stewardship of agricultural lands, and
  • To ensure community engagement in the food system

By stewarding 350 acres of the Intervale, implementing programs and enterprises and sharing our place and work with people from around the world, we are building a stronger community food system where farm businesses flourish, land and water resources are clean and communities are vibrant and healthy.