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.
Membership dues for calendar year 2019 are $45 per farm,
increasing to $55 after
2019. You can pay for membership, register for annual meeting(s), sign
up for CAPS accreditation, and/or make an optional donation to
the vegetable and berry research and extension fund by clicking here.
(For new arrivals, and the very forgetful, membership fee is waived
after Oct. 1 each year for the final 3 months of the year. During that
period, simpy email email@example.com to join.)
memberships for 2019 start at $55/year, and for 2019 include an ad in the January 21, 2019 Annual
Meeting booklet if paid for prior to Dec. 4, 2018. To make payments and get more
information on commercial memberships and annual meeting sponsorships click here.
VVBGA Membership Benefits
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.
- Sponsorship of University research and extension programs on:
Tarnished Plant Bug biological control studies,high tunnel soil
testing, nitrogen release from cover crops, on-farm water usage, and
- Marketing efforts for our farms have included Vermont Public
Radio ads and a Vermont Public Television cooking show.
- Our legislative network helps represent grower interests at
meetings that affect our industry.
- We offer a modest award to an outstanding student in the UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science, nominated by their faculty.