University of Vermont Extension
 Covid-19 Resources for Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers  
      (not a complete list, no endorsement intended, updates ongoing)

Extension and State Agency Guidance

   What Should Growers Do? University of Vermont Extension
    Small Farms, Local Food, and COVID-19: What Do You Need to Know? Oregon State University Small Farms Program
    Covid-19 and Farmers Markets Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets
    Information on COVID-19 for Farms, Agricultural Businesses, Farm Markets and Service Providers. Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets
    Vermont Speciality Foods Assn. Coronavirus Resource Guide

Cleaning and Sanitizing
    •  EPA list of disinfectants for use against Covid-19. Few of these products are common on the farm and may be hard to find. If you are currently using a sanitizer as part of a standard cleaning and sanitizing procedure for hard surfaces on your farm, continue doing so. Review the label for that product and consider using it for disinfection of high-touch surfaces if applicable. You can also follow the CDC guidance and use 5 tablespoons bleach/gal.water (= 4 teaspoons/quart).
   •  EPA List N with Materials Allowed for Use on Organic Farms Highlighted
   •  Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 For Retail Stores New York State
   •  How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu -  Centers for Disease Control          

On-line Ordering Platforms

    •  Online Store: Barn2Door
                 Pricing: $299-499  Set-up fee, then $59-99/mo
                 Features: Online Store, website, invoices and pack lists
    •  CSA & Food Hub Software: Farmigo
                Pricing: 2% of deliveries
    •  CSA Software: Harvie
                Custom box solutions
                Pricing: $500 Set-up, 7% transaction fee, 2.9% + $.30 Credit card charge
    •  Farmer & Food hub Software: Local Food Marketplace
                Online store, pack sheets, reporting, reoccurring orders, traceability
                Pricing: $499-1499 Set-up fee, $79-299/mo
    •  Online Store for Farmers, Food Hubs & Markets: Local Line
                Pricing: $0-79
                Features: Reports, analytics, online store, add on’s available for quickbooks or reoccurring order features
    •  Online Store Shopify
                Pricing: $29-299/mo, 2% Fee on all sales, an additional 2.9% + $.30 per credit card transaction
    •   Online-store: Food 4 All
                Pricing: Free point of sale use, 2.5% + $.95 per transaction, additional credit card fee of 3.4$ + $.30
                Features: Mobile point of sale, and online store
                No Monthly subscription
    •  Order Management Platform: Cropolis
                Pricing $29-99/mo
                Order forms, pack lists & reporting
    •  Online Store: Square
                Pricing: 2.9% + $.30 per transaction
                Point of sale system, online store, payroll, analytics and invoicing
    •  HappyCSA (developed by a VVBGA Farm in WV!)
                Monthly price based on the size of membership. No percentage of sales. Plans start at $29/month.
                Share management, customer sign up, harvest and packing info, drop spot and home delivery routing, tracks sales over time. 

    Farm Workers

  Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Centers for Disease Control 
  •  Vermont Dept. of Labor Covid-19 Updates
   •  Status of H2-A Workers. Update from Dr.Terry Bradshaw, UVM. 3/24/20
   •  H2 Visas and Covid-19 Update from State Department via Rep. Peter Welches office 3/27/20

    Assistance for Farmers

    •  Farm First Vermont is a free, confidential service to help farmers address stress. Covers Vermont farm owners and family members living on the farm.
        Call (877) 493-6216
    •  USDA Farm Service Agency loan programs
    •  Vermont Farm Fund provides no-hassle, friendly-term business and emergency loans to Vermont farmers and food producers. 
    •  Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation

    Businesses and Entities Allowed to Operate in Vermont

   •  Executive order establishing "agriculture and farms, animal shelters, production and delivery of seed, chemicals and fertilizers, CSAs and veterinarians" as essential public services.
   •  Request for Continuing of Business Operations using the appropriate industry code

    Farmer-Generated Resources (in Word so you can edit)

CSA Member Procedures
   •  CSA Farm Staff Procedures
   •  Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist
   •  Employee Posting
  •  Example Requests to State to Operate Greenhouse, Nursery, Floriculture Business
   •  Farmstand Posting
   •  Farm Stand Procedures
   •  Farm Worker Protocols
•  Greenhouse Hygiene and Sanitation Procedures
   •  Letter to CSA Members
   •  Letter for Commuting Workers as part of Essential Business
   •  Letter to Retail Customers
   •  No-Contact Delivery Policy 
   •  Surfaces to Sanitize List
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