Abenaki Land Link Project

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The Abenaki Land Link Project is a partnership between the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation, Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s Rooted in Vermont project and NOFA-VT to provide indigenous seeds to gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers around Vermont who are dedicating land to grow and harvest food for Abenaki citizens.

AgrAbility – Veterans Program

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AgrAbility's program can provide training/employment resources as well as financial support for Veterans who are farming or aspiring to farm. Extensive lists of resources of many types are at their site.

(800) 825-4264

Agricultural Justice Project

The project engages in outreach and education to raise awareness of disparities and injustice in our food system. They also provide certiication, technical assistance and tools to improve work and trade practices from farms to retail.

(919) 809-7332

Agrisafe Learning Lab

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The learning lab offers webinars and other resources to teach and support farmer veterans regading health/mental health. There is also a section for story sharing.

AgriSafe Network

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AgriSafe provides training, support and resources to assure access to preventative services for farm families

Area Agencies on Aging

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These agenices offer information and help to older Vermonters and their families. They are located throughout Vermont. A listing, including contact information, can be found at this website.

(800) 642-5119

Beginning Farmers Org – Veteran Farmer Training

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This website provides a comprehensive list of trainings and infrmation about scholarship and other funding for veteran farmers

Environmental Mediation Center – Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program (VTAMP)

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VTAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community to help resolve disputes before they end up in court

(802) 583-110 ext 101 (802) 583-1100 ext 102

Homegrown by Heroes – VT Veteran's Coalition

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The Mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America. We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. The coalition can assist in many ways including  education, work force development and financial support or technical assistance.

(802) 380-1014

Intervale Center – Beginning Farmer Program

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The program offers information, assistance, and encouragement to beginning and aspiring farmers in the state of Vermont through one-on-one coaching and business planning. The work involves identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, and creating a vision, financial analysis, enterprise budgeting, cash flow planning, and developing full business plans.

(802) 660-0440 ext 116

Intervale Center – Farm Financial Tools

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This Intervale Center website provides downloadable spreadsheets, templates and other tools that can be individualized to fit a farm's needs

(802) 660 0440

Invest EAP – Farm First

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Vermont's Farm First program provides farming related resources, supports and counseling to address issues that cause stress. With a staff of licensed counselors trained to provide mental health and substance use dsorder services, and agriculture support specialists, Farm First partners with farmers to resolve what matters most to them.

(802)318-5538- work hours (877)493-6216 - 24/7 hotline

Migrant Clincians Network

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The Migrant Clinicians Network assists clinicians working with migrants on health and wellness. They provide this assistance through research, training, and technical assistance for issues that are at the intersection of health and mobility.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) – ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

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From regional offices throughout the US, ATTRA provides high-value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States on an extensive list of current topics. The website also provides information on funding opportunities, internshps,trainings and other events.

(800) 346-9140

National Young Farmers Coalition – Vermont Chapter

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The Coalition serves young and beginning farmers in all areas of Vermont agriculture. Their primary role is to help these farmers make the needed connections to resources and support.

NOFA-VT – Family Farmer Award

NOFA makes a financial award on a monthly basis to a family farmer to recongize of a commitment to resilience and sustainability. Applications are closed for this year, but watch the website and connect with Farm First for updates on the re-opening of the process anticipated in September. More information about eligibility is available on the site.

NOFA-VT – Farmer Emergency Fund

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NOFA's famer emergecny fund is established to respond to farmers who have undergone a natural or unnatural disaster. By easing cash flow problems at times of crisis, these funds contribute to the longer-term resiliency of Vermont farms.

NOFA-VT – Farmer Resilience Grants

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NOFA -VT provides grants directly to farmers to fund projects that will support longer-term resilience on the farm. Information about eligibility, the application process and the availablitly of funds can be found on the website.

(802) 434-7154

NOFA-VT – Farmer Services

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NOFA-VT provides an extensive array of programs which provide technical assistance and support to multiple audiences. The website provides a comprehensive overview of the offerings.

NOFA-VT – Relief Milker Application

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NOFA currently has a program designed to provide short-term relief milkers to dairy farms when there is a health sitution that creates such a need. (Primarily due to COVID, but there may be some exceptions for NOFA members.) NOFA seeks people who available to milk for others and for farmers who are in needed of assistance. Relief workers can be paid with these NOA funds and NOFA staff can help with the connections.

(802) 434-7154

Northest Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC)

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NEFOC combines a community land trust model and a conservation land trust model to form a community vision that stears the land, and uplifts global Indigenous, Black, and POC relationships with land, skills, and lifeways.

Pathways Vermont – Pathways Vets Program

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The program helps very-low income veteran households who are homeless or imminently at risk of homelessness gain and retain stable housing. Services provided include needs assessment, intensive housing case management, assistance accessing VA benefits and financial assistance.

(844) 820-3232

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – Farming Across Cultures Communication Project

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This program which served producers, managers, and Latino employees in the areas of work, health and the home ended several years ago but the resources and information developed at that time still available on their website.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – Migrant Education Program

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The program offer no-cost supports and services to youth who relocate independently or with their families in order to obtain seasonal or temporary employment in agriculture. The services may include tutoring, homework support, or summer programming. They may also provide free books and can make connections with local resources.

(802) 656-3131

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – New Farmer Project

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UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project is here to help you connect with online and on-the-ground resources to help start and grow your farm business. We bring together information and resources from Extension and the broader agricultural community. Our goal is to help you streamline your access to information that is most relevant to your unique interests and needs

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – Youth Farm Safety Program

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The Youth Farm Safety Project is a farm safety resource for children and teens - and the adults who work with and care for them. It provides safety information for a broad range of topic including machinery, tools, and animals.

USDA – Farm Service Agency

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The Farm Service Agency targets a portion of their loans to historically underserved populations which includes: Women, African-Americans, Alaskan Natives American Indians, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

USDA – National Agricultural Library

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The progam focuses on Vets with information on training and funding resources

USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

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The service focuses on providing financial and technical assistance to farmers to help them make conservation improvements to their land.

USDA – Veteran's Farming

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The program provides support, education, tools and resources to assist Vets in succeeding in farming.

Vermont Department of Health – The Department's website provides links and information about low and no-cost primary care and dental options

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Health care services are available in Vermont at Federally Qualified Health Center sites. Rural Health Clinics Free Clinics & the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured

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Vermont Farm to Plate

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Farm to Plate is Vermont's food system plan being implemented statewide to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The plan is developed and implemented by a wide network of organizations. These contacts are likely to be aware of resources to assist in food access directly.

(802) 828-5669 

Vermont Food Bank

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The VT Food Bank offers numerous programs. They can help you find a local food shelf and connect you with needed resources.

(800) 585-2265

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board – Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program

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The program supports economic viability which includes grants. Grant possibilities include Business Plan Implementation Grants. You can learn what is currently open for application at their webite

(802) 828-5587

Vermont Law School – Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

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(802) 831-1035

Veterans to Farmers

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The program provides training to Vets in agricultural systems, technologies and business operations.

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

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The Agency provides a calendar of funding opportunities related to agriculture. There are applications accepted year-round for some of these, but their calendar also provides information about a wide variety of opportunities being released each month. Each opportunity has its own eligibility and use criteria that you can easily review. In addition to farmers, Vermont offers food related programs to school and child-care centers.

(802)828-2430

VT Community Action Agencies

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These agencies help lower-income Vermonters meet their basic needs and become self-sufficient. Services may include emergency food help, fuel and utility assistance, Head Start, housing assistance, income tax assistance, information and referral  and training. They are located throughout VT and a listing, including contact informaiton can be found at this website.

VT Department for Children and Families – Benefit Service Center

A variety of benefits are available to eligible Vermonters upon application. These include 3SquaresVT, Essential Person, Fuel Assistance & Reach Up. Find out what may be available to you.

(800) 479-6151

VT Department for Children and Families – Farm to Family

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If you qualify, you may get $30 in Farm To Family coupons that can be used to buy locally-grown, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut herbs at participating farmers markets and farm stands. Application is needed. Other opportunities can also be found at the Farm to Family website.

VT Department of Aging, Independent Living and Disabilities (DAIL)

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DAIL provides services and supports to all large cross section of Vermont in an array of programs. They serve older Vermonters, people with autism or traumatic brain injuries, develomental and/or phsycial disabilities, blind or visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing. they offer flexible supports that are responsive to individual needs.

VT Department of Aging, Independent Living and Disabilities (DAIL) – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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This division of DAIL works with people for whom a disability impacts their ability to gain or retain employment. The staff also works with employers who want to successfully hire people with disabilities. Supports are flexbile for meet individual needs and available to Vrmonters of all ages, with a particular focus on transiton-aged youth.

(866) 879-6757

VT Family Network

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The Network helps families with any needs or concerns about a child's health, education or well-being- esoecialy children with disabilities or special health needs. They can provide a navigating funciton to help parents who are negotiating the compicted worlds of general and special educaiton. They have an extensive array of programming and sometimes can also help with funding.

(802) 876-5315

VT Small Business Development – VTSBDC

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VtSBDC offers no-cost expert assistance to small business owners at all stages of development by providing one-on-one confidential advising and training programs. We can assist with: Startup planning , Financing , Sales/marketing, Growth strategies, Financial management and Operations

(802) 773-9147

Yankee Farm Credit

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Yankee Farm Credit has numerous loan programs that may be of interest. These include operating, capital, and real estate loans. In recognition of the special challenges faced by some specific populations they also have a Young, Beginning, Small, and Minority Farmer Program. Yankee will also help with applications to the Farm Services Agency Guaranteed Loan Program, which can be helpful if your financial picture has some difficulties. You'll need to meet FSA conditions to be approved for a loan.

(802) 879-4700

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