Working Lands invests $1.4 million in Vermont agriculture and forestry

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Working Lands invests $1.4 million in Vermont agriculture and forestry

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:39pm -- tim
Working Lands Enterprise Board announces FY20 grantees

Vermont Business Magazine In a year when Vermont business has been faced with unique and difficult challenges, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has continued to facilitate financial investments to support agricultural businesses across the State.  Along with $250,000 dollars of funding for COVID-19 related business development grants recently announced, the Board also deployed another $1.4 million in grants and contracts, to (35) Agriculture and Forestry businesses and service providers around the State in 2020.

“Even during the most challenging times Vermont’s farmers, producers and businesses are looking to the future,” said Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  “They are innovators and are bringing more value to their products while creating jobs and helping our rural economy.“

Part of the strategic plan for this year was the emphasis on large-scale market level and supply chain impacts in the dairy and forestry sectors,  which were eligible for grants up to $150,000. Representing the forestry sector with projects to improve processing capabilities and healthy forest stewardship are Rick’s Firewood and DCI Inc. who received funding that totals $225,000. Kingdom Creamery and Joneslan Farm are the larger dairy investments, totaling $293,954, to complete projects in relation to production and processing.  For this particular funding round, per a legislative set-aside, the WLEB  devoted $500,000 to specifically target projects from dairy farm applicants. This funding was allocated across all business grant categories, and projects from $5,000 - $150,000 were eligible.

Below is the full list of Fiscal Year 2020 Grantees:

Standard Business Grantees

 

County:

Product Category:

Artesano LLC

$         24,943

Caledonia

Beverages

Butterworks Farm LLC

$        20,000

Orleans

Dairy and Dairy Products

Fat Sheep Farm & Cabins LLC

$         16,025

Windsor

Dairy and Dairy Products

Roberta Gillott, dba Crooked Mile Cheese (Fun Yum Farm)

$         14,752

Caledonia

Dairy and Dairy Products

Honey Field Farm

$        20,000

Windsor

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Ice House Farm LLC

$         24,250

Addison

Dairy and Dairy Products

Kerwin Hill Farm LLC, dba Sweetland Farm

$          24,500

Windsor

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Lambert Farm

$       14,000

Orange

Dairy and Dairy Products

Taylor Acquaviva, dba Livewater Farm and Dairy

$        15,000

Windham

Marketing Sales/Development

David Johnson, dba Morey Hill Farm

$         19,400

Orleans

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms/Flowers/Other

Old Road Farm

$        18,000

Addison

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Pinello Farm

$        20,900

Orange

Dairy and Dairy Products

Sawyer Made

$       24,000

Washington

Secondary Forestry - Wood Products Manufacturer

Sunrise Organic Farm LLC

$        20,000

Windsor

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Jason Hubner, dba Sweet Pickins Farm

$       20,000

Windham

Non-Dairy Livestock and Meat Products

Todd Hardie, dba Thornhill Farm

$       15,000

Orleans

Grain Crops for Value-Add (rice, wheat flour, cornmeal)

Michael Feiner, dba Vine Ripe Greenhouse Construction LLC

$        10,000

Addison

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Todd Parlo, dba Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard

$          5,505

Caledonia

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

Daniel Brooks, dba Wayward Goose Farm

$       19,950

Rutland

Dairy and Dairy Products

VAAFM

$           60,000

All

Value-add, Dairy, Beverages, Non-Dairy Livestock, Marketing Sales/Development, Other

Supply Chain Grantees

 

County:

Product Category:

Adam's Berry Farm

$       36,713

Chittenden

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms

DCI Inc.

 $       75,000

Windsor

Primary Forestry - Sawmill

Equinox Food Brokers

$        75,000

Bennington

Non Dairy Livestock and Meat Products/Dairy and Dairy Products/Value Add

Tyler Webb, dba Stony Pond Farm

$       65,000

Franklin

Dairy and Dairy Products

Market Level Grantees

 

County:

Product Category:

Joneslan Farm

$      150,000

Lamoille

Dairy and Dairy Products

Kingdom Creamery of Vermont

$     143,954

Caledonia

Dairy and Dairy Products

Clifton Kesterson, dba Rick's Firewood

$      150,000

Lamoille

Secondary Forestry - Wood Products Manufacturer

       
       

Service Provider Grantees

 

County:

Product Category:

Northeast Forests, LLC dba The Vermont Forest Business School

$        20,000

All

Forestry/Forest Products

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA)

$        19,999

All

Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruit, Mushrooms, Dairy

Strolling of the Heifers

$        20,000

All

Value Add/Agriculture

Vermont Grass Farmers Association

$       16,190

All

Non-Dairy Livestock and Meat Products

VT LEAP

$       20,000

All

Education/Technical Assistance

       

Service Provider Contracts

 

County:

Product Category:

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

$        50,000

All

Forestry/Forest Products

Northern Forest Center

$        50,000

All

Forestry/Forest Products

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

$        70,000

All

Forestry/Forest Products

 
               
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) and governing board (WLEB) were created by the legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors. WLEI is a collaborative effort between the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. WLEB, which finalizes all funding decisions, achieves this goal by making investments across businesses and service providers in critical leverage points which will have the highest return on investment. This initiative supports Vermont entrepreneurs by providing financial assistance to help innovate and grow their business while also creating jobs, building infrastructure, and promoting growth in economies and communities of Vermont’s working landscape.   

Source: June 26, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets