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The Vermont Grass Farmers Association

The Vermont Grass Farmers' Association (VGFA) was founded in 1996 with support from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and USDA-NRCS. The VGFA is a 501(c)3 non‐profit with the mission to help farmers generate wealth through grass‐based farming. Its membership consists of farmers, non‐profits, and land owners who work to support a more environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural model. 

The VGFA is a farmer-driven organization that promotes, manages and oversees managed grazing outreach and education programs for Vermont producers.  We are dedicated to furthering the use of managed livestock grazing to create healthier soils, cleaner water and financially and personally sustainable farms.

Organizational goals include:
•    Enhancing soil and water
•    Building farmer‐to‐farmer connections
•    Upholding the viability and resilience of Vermont’s livestock farms.
Current programs include
•    Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
•    Jamie Cherington Memorial Mini Grant Program
•    Workshops and Pasture Walks
•    Jon Rutter Memorial Fund to support new farmers
•    State Technical Committee representation
Benefits of VGFA membership:
VGFA membership coordinates with the calendar year. 
Yearly memberships cost $40 and end December 31. 
Join or renew online:

Or print the brochure and membership form to pay via mail.

If you have any questions about the VGFA, contact Jennifer Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator.

Tshirts available for sale!  $15 for adult sizes, $10 for kids' sizes.  $5 s/h per order.

2016-2017 Board of Directors:

  • President    Niko Horster, Shire Beef
  • Vice-President    Bruce Hennessey, Maple Wind Farm
  • Treasurer    Benneth Phelps, Dirt Capital Partners
  • Secretary     Steve Schubart, Vermont Cattle Company
  • Steve Coteus, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson
  • Matt Choiniere, Choinere Dairy Farm
  • Seth Itzkan, Soil4Climate
  • Carol Degener
  • Liz Gleason, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board - VT Farm and Forest Viability Program
  • Christine Lazor, Butterworks Farm
  • Noel Perriello, Shelburne Farms

UVM Pasture Network Liaisons Jennifer Colby, Kimberly Hagen, Cheryl Cesario, and Colene Reed

Executive Director Meghan Sheradin -
Each year, the VGFA elects a Board of Directors which manage the budget, oversee member activities and outreach, help organize the annual grazing and livestock conference, and represent grass-based livestock farmers at the state and regional level as Vermont's Grazing Lands Partnership steering committee.

If you are interested in joining the board, please complete this application. We welcome applications throughout the year.

Additional Board service benefits include

  • VGFA-branded clothing
  • Mileage stipends for meeting attendance
  • Tabling and advertisement benefits at the VT Grazing & Livestock Conference
  • Fiscal support to attend regional Pasture Consortium events and national grazing conferences to represent VGFA's membership & Vermont's perspective as well as further your own farming professional development

Last modified November 16 2018 10:44 AM