Financial assistance

Investing in Vermont’s Food, Forestry and Agriculture Economy

Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets Agriculture, food and forestry operations are an integral part of the Vermont landscape. They are the backbone of Vermont’s economy, a major source of job creation, and are fundamentally part of what makes Vermont a great place to live.

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont’s Working Lands economy with technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. Focus areas and funding categories are assessed annually to ensure adequate attention to the priority issues and needs of the agriculture and forest industries. Investments are designed to support companies at key stages in their development.

Since its inception in August 2012, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has awarded more than $7.3 million in grants to more than 200 Vermont working lands businesses, leveraging more than $11 million in matching funds. View the full list of projects already fundedand read the full 2021 Impact Report to learn about Working Lands Enterprise Board priorities and stories from grantees from the past year.

DBIC-NE looking for multiple service providers

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is looking for several service providers to offer technical assistance to dairy farmers considering transitioning their farm to a grass-based production model, improving local forage production and/or use alternative farm management strategies not typically found in the US dairy sector. Service providers will recruit localized cohorts from at least five Northeast dairy farms to participate in groups and individual ventures and technical assistance over 18-24 months. Total funding of $500,000 is available for multiple contracts up to $150,000 in this round.

Submission of proposals: March 29

Northeast Extebsuib Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

The Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium will once again present its Winter Fruit Meeting Series. These meetings are free and registration is required to attend virtually. Each session will run from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. When offered, pesticide credits are only available to attendees who join the live session.

February 22 – Accurate crop load management in Honeycrisp
8 March – Understand the ins and outs of Cooper and its use against bacterial disease management on stone fruit
March 15. – Herbicides: materials, schedule and rates
March 22 – Northeast Cider Apple Project
March 29 – Updating and Managing Plum Weevil Research

Just sustainability in policy, planning and practice

Dr. Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate at Tufts University, is one of the leading thinkers in environmental justice and food justice.

In this talk, Julian will present the concept of just sustainability as a response to the ‘equity deficit’ of much of sustainability thinking and practice. He will explore his claim that who can belong to our cities will ultimately determine what our cities can become. He will illustrate his ideas with examples from urban planning and design, the “Minneapolis paradox” and food justice.

Webinar: February 23 at 4 p.m.

During this transformation workshop, participants will learn how to carve a whole bird in different ways in person at Roma Butcher’s in South Royalton. Farmers who slaughter their poultry on the farm can only sell them as whole birds, which can be unusual and tricky for customers.

This is an educational series on poultry processing guided by Elizabeth Roma. Elizabeth is a professional butcher and farmer who is co-owner of Putting Down Roots Farm and Roma’s Butchery. Advance registration and ticket purchase are required to attend. Participants can take home 2-3 freshly cut chickens.

Workshop: February 26 at 12 p.m.

VT Specialty Crops Block Grant Program Funding Opportunity Application Deadline February 27