Abenaki Land Link Project
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
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.
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.
Agrisafe Learning Lab
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 provides training, support and resources to assure access to preventative services for farm families
Area Agencies on Aging
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.
Beginning Farmers Org – Veteran Farmer Training
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)
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
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.
Intervale Center – Beginning Farmer Program
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
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
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
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
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.
National Young Farmers Coalition – Vermont Chapter
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
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
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.
NOFA-VT – Farmer Services
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
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.
Northest Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC)
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
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.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – Farming Across Cultures Communication Project
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
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.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Services – New Farmer Project
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
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
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
The progam focuses on Vets with information on training and funding resources
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service
The service focuses on providing financial and technical assistance to farmers to help them make conservation improvements to their land.
USDA – Veteran's Farming
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
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
Vermont Farm to Plate
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.
Vermont Food Bank
The VT Food Bank offers numerous programs. They can help you find a local food shelf and connect you with needed resources.
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board – Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program
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
Vermont Law School – Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Veterans to Farmers
The program provides training to Vets in agricultural systems, technologies and business operations.
VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
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.
VT Community Action Agencies
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.
VT Department for Children and Families – Farm to Family
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)
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
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.
VT Family Network
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.
VT Small Business Development – VTSBDC
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
Yankee Farm Credit
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.