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Vermont became an official chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition in Dec 2016. The goal of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont is to encourage veterans to continue their service through agriculture. Vermont Farm Bureau has been involved since 2015 and Chris O'Keefe, Director of Finance and Administration serves as Treasurer. Contact President: Mark Bowen email@example.com for more information Visit: www.facebook.com/Farmer-Veteran-Coalition-of-Vermont
Serving All Vermont Farm Owners As a Vermont Farm Owner, you and your family members living on the farm are now automatically covered by Farm First, a free and confidential business and personal service. Call Farm First for your password to visit www.farmfirst.org
New Resources to promote Vermont’s Working Landscape
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) recently released a collection of resources for farmer operators and municipalities addressing land use planning and permitting topics for rural enterprises. Viable farm business models, in many instances, include activities that are not traditionally considered farming. These types of enterprises are often suited to a rural area, because they support of agriculture or forestry activities and provide economic development and employment opportunities.
The farm operator resource document provides an overview of land use topics and resources to be aware of when making business decisions related to their business’ land use. Additionally, two case studies of farms that have dealt with these questions are provided to share how two different farms and communities have addressed these challenges. There is also a document primarily for municipalities, which provides steps that can be taken to support and manage rural enterprises within their communities.
These resources were developed in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Shelburne Farms and the Farm-Based Education Network.