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 dues are set by the Board of Directors.
Dues for calendar year 2017 are $35 per farm, increasing to $45 after
2017. You can pay for rmambership 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.
memberships for 2017 and 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
Activities of the Association include:
- 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.