VAAFM awards $200,000 in new local food procurement grants


Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces the second list of grants from a new competitive round of Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) funding. Approximately $200,000 will be awarded to nine organizations with a variety of projects to purchase from disadvantaged Vermont farmers and producers and distribute to underserved community members throughout the state.

Awards include $50,000 to the SUSU Community Farm to start an expanded free CSA program for BIPOC families and new immigrants. $37,319 to Conscious Homestead to expand their Community Care Share program to distribute food produced from BIPOC-run enterprises to members of black and brown communities; and $25,500 for Healthy Roots Collaborative to purchase local food and 20 Northwest Farmacy CSA recipients and 8 NOTCH Clinic mini-fridges.

You can read the full list of awards in the press release.

This funding is part of a larger LFPA program administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and part of the “Build Back Better” initiative authorized by the America’s Recovery Plan Act.

More information on this program can be found on the LFPA website or by contacting Julia Scheier at [email protected] or 802-522-7042.

Center for Women and Enterprise
Nonprofit Highlight: Center for Women and Enterprise

The Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic development organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and economies by supporting women to start and sustain businesses. CWE Vermont offers mentoring, workshops and networking opportunities to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

CWE VT is joining the Community Navigator pilot project to serve more rural Vermonters, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, BIPOC Vermonters and New American Community members.

Learn more about CWE

Shows and field days funding announcement

announcing 500,000 dollars
Vermont fairs and field days

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has awarded $500,000 to support Vermont Fairs and Field Days.

These 12 exhibits represent important parts of Vermont’s working landscape and agricultural history. Nine shows will receive $30,000 each to make capital improvements to their venues focused on public safety and consumer experience, and twelve shows will receive stipends ranging from $9,000-$20,000 to support their operating expenses.

Read the full list of 2023 projects. Please contact Drew Watson with questions.

Check out the calendar of shows and field dates!

Farm Child Care Survey

A study of raising children of farmers

Wanted: Farmers, ranchers and their partners raising children! The National Center for Agricultural Medicine is seeking primary caregivers of children under the age of 18 to participate online in how they are managing children and work.

Full or part-time farmers and ranchers are welcome to complete the survey. Respondents will be entered to win one of two $50 checks. Please contact Florence Becott with questions.

Complete the survey

Marketing and Agritourism Blog

Setting prices for farmers market

Not sure how to buy your produce when you’re ready to sell at the farmers market?

This week on the blog, we’ll show you how a new tool from VAAFM, the Local Food Pricing Dashboard, can help you price your produce, meat and eggs competitively using pricing data collected from markets across Vermont.

Check out the full blog!

USDA Rural Energy for America Grant Program


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