Be a Part of Open Farm Week
Hey Farmers, Vermont’s 7th annual Open Farm Week is scheduled for August 8-15th! Open FarmWeek creates an opportunity to connect with Vermont’s working landscape and it is a great way to engage with customers and your community. Farms can choose when and how they want to participate, whether that's hosting events or activities, or just generally being open to the public.
For 2021, Open Farm Week will focus on events appropriate for Vermont’s current state mandated guidelines as part of Governor Scott’s Vermont Forward: Roadmap to Reopening. According to the Roadmap, by July 4th all gatherings and events will have no capacity restrictions, and masks and physical distancing will be encouraged. All events will be planned based on the comfort levels of each individual farmer/host.
Resources are available to a limited number of farms that would like support developing ideas and preparing for visitors. There is no additional charge for this technical assistance, but space is limited, and farms do need to apply for it.
Attention VT Hemp Growers
It is not legal to manufacture delta-8-THC. The Vermont Hemp Rules expressly prohibit the use of synthetic cannabinoids in hemp products and/or hemp-infused products. Vermont Hemp Program registrants that manufacture and/or label products containing delta-8-THC are violating State law and risk enforcement by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and may face federal and/or State criminal sanctions as well.
Questions About Vending at Big E
Businesses interested in vending for multiple days at the Vermont Building must submit an application to be reviewed by a selection committee. If you're interested in applying but need more information, or have questions about life as a vendor in the Vermont Building, enter your questions into the form linked above. As questions come in, we will update an FAQ document on our website for all to see.
Application Date: June 15th, 2021
Farm to Family Opportunity
Are you a farm stand or farmers market interested in helping feed more low-income families in your community? Sign up for the Vermont Department of Children and Family Services' Farm To Family Program. Participating in the program allows you to accept coupons from income-eligible families. Coupons are used to increase access to locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
Registration Deadline: May 10
Virtual Agritourism Workshop
The next session in the Agritourism Gathering series will explore how international regions as diverse as Canada, Saudi Arabia and Georgia are using agritourism as a way to build resilience by celebrating agricultural history, ecology, and heritage. Presenters will share best practices and lessons learned from creating and implementing regional strategies around agritourism.
Event Date: May 11, Noon
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