Consultation and Resource Development Lab

Are you part of a government, nonprofit, or community-based organization that could benefit from support navigating, evaluating, enhancing, or advancing laws and other public policies at the state and/or local levels related to healthy food access? If so, the Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) at the Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) invites you to apply for an opportunity to receive remote consulting services.

How It Works

Selected organizations will be invited to meet with one or more experts to receive limited technical assistance through our Consultation and Resource Development Lab. Consultation needs may be as simple as a short conversation or as in-depth as the development of a concise resource. We’re excited to hear from you about what types of offerings would be helpful.

Here are just a few examples of the types of resources that we can provide:

  • Sample or model state or local legislation for groups working to advance a new policy strategy
  • An issue brief to provide background information on a complex area of state or local regulation
  • A short report that explores examples of state or local laws that address a specific topic
  • A memo with observations on proposed community plan language related to food access
  • Written comments or remote testimony on proposed state or local legislation (by invitation of a legislative body only)

The Lab will be facilitated remotely by a team of professors, attorneys, planning experts, and other legal and policy professionals with expertise in agriculture and food systems. We cannot offer legal advice but can offer legal technical assistance, which includes background legal research and information about a topic. We do not provide lobbying services, but we can provide background information to inform policy change efforts.


The Lab is being offered with grant funding from the USDA National Agricultural Library at no cost to participating organizations.

Application Process

Applying is easy! Just fill out our short application form. However, please note the Lab’s capacity is limited. Successful applicants will be selected from government, nonprofit, and community-based groups with succinct consultation needs that generally require between 2-25 hours of consultation support, including any necessary resource development.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, as capacity allows. Apply today for the best chance of receiving a consulting invitation.

Apply Here

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