Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association
The mission of the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA) is to promote the economic, environmental and social sustainability of vegetable and berry farming in Vermont through education, promotion and communication among growers.
Formed in 1976 as a non-profit growers organization, the membership consists of large and small scale growers (from organic to conventional, wholesale to retail, and everything in-between), industry representatives (seed companies, compost makers, agricultural chemical representatives), University of Vermont extension and research specialists, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture personnel. Membership is open to any individual, business, or organization that is that is interested in the commercial production of vegetables and/or berries.
Memberships run on the calendar year and are renewable annually. Funds collected from membership dues are used to pay for the Association's operating costs, educational programs, research grants, promotion efforts, and to support a food safety accreditation program for VVBGA member farms (in development).
Annual DuesAnnual dues are set by the Board of Directors.
Dues for calendar year 2018 are $45 per farm, increasing to $55 after January 31, 2018. You can pay for membership and/or make an optional donation to the vegetable and berry research and extension fund by clicking here. If you prefer to print out and mail in a VVBGA membership form, click here.
Commercial memberships for 2018 start at $50/year, and for 2018 include an ad in the January 22, 2018 Annual Meeting booklet if paid for prior to Dec. 1, 2017. For more information on commercial memberships and annual meeting sponsorships click here.
VVBGA Membership Benefits
- Access to the VVBGA listserv, to buy/sell plants and equipment and share farming information.
- Access to the Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) program.
- Email subscription to Vermont Vegetable and Berry News.
- Discount of $10 on the registration fee for events like the VVBGA Annual Meeting
- 10% discount on agriculture publications from the Brattleboro UVM Extension office (supply is now limited.)
- Eligibility for on-farm research grants up to $1,000
- Camaraderie, enhanced communication and fellowship among commercial growers.
Activities of the Association have included:
- An Annual Meeting provides information from growers, specialists, and invited guests.
- On-farm 'twilight' meetings and in-depth winter conferences are organized in cooperation with UVM Extension and NOFA-VT. See: www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/meetlist.html.
- University research grants have helped support studies
of Tarnished Plant Bug biological control studies, corn
transplant spacing, heirloom tomato trials and more.
- Research grants to VVBGA members have yielded useful information on growing lettuce in gutters over greenhouse tomatoes, using sweet corn plant development to time sequential plantings, whether a solar panel can heat a germination chamber, and more.
- Marketing efforts for our farms through a Vermont Public Radio ad campaign and a Vermont Public Television cooking show.
- Our legislative network helps represent grower interests at meetings that affect our industry.
Last modified March 05 2018 07:59 AM