September 17, 2019 | Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program,
, a program of the VT Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required and may include federal or state grants as well as cash, loans, or labor. Application deadlines are November 8, 2019 and February 7, 2020.
Vermont Farm Bureau is excited to welcome Tristam Johnson to our management team as the Interim Business Manager. We have given Tristam a long list of tasks to manage including helping to develop and implement a more clearly defined strategic plan, overseeing the financial health of the organization, determining appropriate staffing levels and developing and implementing appropriate policies and procedures as we transition out of probably our most turbulent period in recent history. He will work closely with Joe Tisbert taking on those responsibilities and tasks Joe wants to hand off. He will also be working with Joe and Peggy Zugaro as we strive to be the Voice of Agriculture and is eager to help where needed. Tristam’s background makes him especially qualified to hit the ground running. Having previously worked with other similar organizations such as the Scott Farm in Dummerston. But his experience has not been confined to Vermont. Tristam has spent much of his career working on international projects as well. Tristam will be attending the Annual Meeting on November 1st. Please introduce yourself and say hello.
Montpelier, VT | October 7, 2019 – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $305,929 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to seven agricultural organizations to undertake a range of technology development, research, education, marketing, and program-building projects. The grants will leverage an additional $203,468 in matching funds.