Vermont New Farmer Network Project Partners
UVM Extension is coordinating a three-year project to develop a coordinated program of education, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring for beginning farmers throughout Vermont and the adjoining region. The Vermont New Farmer Network project is funded by the the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30500.
Together, the network member organizations are building a coordinated continuum of services for new and aspiring. Referrals between partnering organizations help you access the resources most relevant to your situation. As a network, we're working together to avoid duplication of efforts, to identify and fill gaps, and to expand our collective expertise and capacity to support beginning farmers.
The seven organizational partners in the project are listed below. Please scroll down to learn more.
The Intervale Center's beginning farmer programs include a farm business incubator program that leases land, equipment, greenhouses, irrigation and storage facilities to small, organic farms and a two-year Farms farm business planning program that helps Vermont farm operations improve their viability.
An initiative of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, serves refugees and immigrants in Northwest Vermont who want to start farm or food based businesses of any size.
NOFA-VT offers dairy, livestock, vegetable and fruit technical assistance; maintains a searchable online directory to match farms and apprentices; offers apprentice and journey farmer training programs; and holds many educational events including conferences, field days and workshops.
RAFFL is a nonprofit in the Rutland region working to build a resilient local food system in southwestern Vermont. RAFFL connects farms to customers and provides networking, community building and learning opportunities.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Vital Communities’ Valley Food & Farm program supports a thriving agricultural economy in the Upper Valley region of VT and NH, through local food promotion, market development, and connecting producers to resources.
UVM Extension Program Partners include:
The Center for Sustainable Agriculture works to address farmers’ immediate and longer-term needs through technical assistance, research, policy, the support of local networks, and leadership. The Center has programs addressing land access, farm enterprise development, pasture and grazing management, produce safety and GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices), local food systems.
WAgN works to increase the number of women owning and operating profitable farms and ag-related businesses, as well as their profile in leadership positions throughout the agricultural sectors of business, government and community.