The Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM) recently announced
grants from the federal Department of Agriculture totaling $188,000
to nine projects that will benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and
maple producers, and increase consumer access to locally produced
"Through partnerships, these grants will help support Vermont
farmers and others who rely on the land for their livelihoods, such
as our maple producers and apple growers," Gov. Peter Shumlin said.
"I am grateful to Vermont's Congressional delegation for their
continued support of this important grant program, which will
promote farm profitability, increase agriculture's impact on
Vermont's economy, and support sustainable production
Among other uses, the funds will provide food safety training
for farmers, expand social media markets for Vermont maple
producers, and support a statewide community supported agriculture
(CSA) network. Recipients include the Northeast Organic Farming
Association of Vermont, UVM's Extension Center for Sustainable
Agriculture and Apple Program, and more.
"These grants represent an investment in the research,
education, and infrastructure that will help keep Vermont at the
forefront for diversified and value-added agriculture," said Chuck
Ross, Vermont's Secretary of Agriculture.
Ross also thanked Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and
Rep. Peter Welch for their work on behalf of Vermont's farmers and
agricultural industry. "They continue to push for the passage of a
Farm Bill so that this program can continue into the future."
Projects were selected by an independent review committee out of 22
applications, totaling requests of nearly $550,000.
·University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
to improve produce safety by providing food safety training for
·Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont to increase
consumer participation in community supported agriculture (CSA)
programs by creating a statewide CSA network ($24,685).
·Vital Communities to open and expand farm-to-workplace markets for
specialty crop producers through promotion, matchmaking, and
sharing best practices ($17,367).
·Intervale Center to increase food hub sales by developing best
practices, and developing and implementing a marketing and outreach
·Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association to increase sales among
maple sugar producers by developing and implementing a
comprehensive social media marketing campaign ($13,000).
·Increase consumer awareness and increase export sales of Vermont
value-added specialty crop products ($20,000).
·University of Vermont Apple Program to provide access to timely
production-related information that will enhance farm profitability
and sustainability ($10,000).
·Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative to increase consumer
awareness and consumption of locally grown specialty crops
·University of Vermont to increase the profitability of Brassica
farmers by developing low-input management strategies to reduce
Brassica losses to swede midge ($50,000).
·University of Vermont's Department of Plant and Social Science to
help blueberry and raspberry growers minimize the damage caused by
the spotted wing drosophila ($12,296).
For more info, visit www.Agriculture.Vermont.gov.