VAAFM: Celebrating Black History Month

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VAAFM: Celebrating Black History Month

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 3:24am -- tim

Celebrating Black History Month

Vermont Business Magazine February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and uplift the achievements, sacrifices, and contributions made by Black Americans to every aspect of our country’s diverse cultural heritage. This is also a time to truly honor the foundational and profound role of Black people in the agricultural sector in the United States and Vermont. Below are a few upcoming events and resources to learn and engage in this month and beyond.

Uprooting Racism in the Food System, offered through Soul Fire Farm, is a virtual theory and action training for farming and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society. On Thursday, February 10th from 1-4 p.m., you will delve deep into the history and structural realities of racial injustice and develop an understanding of the movement strategies of front-lines communities struggling for food sovereignty.

Early registration is now open for Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. In this challenge, you commit to deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront racism for twenty-one consecutive days in April of 2022. The Challenge will raise your awareness, change your understanding and shift the way you behave.

Explore Vermont's Black History and heritage on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail. The guide takes visitors to Vermont museums and cultural sites where exhibits, films, tours, and personal explorations illuminate the lives of African Americans for whom the Green Mountain State was part of their identity.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is awarding Northern Border Regional Commission funding to expand market access and capacity for Vermont’s nonprofit food hubs. Applications are now open for critical infrastructure needs that will allow food hubs to support more farm and food businesses, expand their workforce, and advance their ongoing efforts to access larger metropolitan markets.

Awards will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Please see the Request for Applications for more details on eligibility, application process, and timelines. Feel free to reach out to Julia with any questions.

Application Deadline: Feb. 25

Is your Vermont food or forestry business looking to expand into new markets? Consider applying for a Trade Show Assistance Grant! This funding helps Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses with funds to identify, plan, exhibit, and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual shows targeting out-of-state buyers.

These matching grants provide 50% reimbursements for eligible trade show-related expenses to help businesses connect with wholesale buyers. Applicants may include up to 5 trade shows in their yearly marketing plan for up to $5,000 in eligible reimbursements.

Application Deadline: Mar. 2

NOFA-VT has a pool of funds to distribute directly to Vermont farmers as up-front grants (up to $2,500 each) to enhance projects that will improve long term resilience on farms.

Applicants will define how these funds will be used to improve the resilience on your farm, in your community, and/or for your broader community, with a focus on the social, environmental, and economic impact of the project. Applicants are encouraged to share their ideas about resilience as NOFA recognizes that resilience takes many forms.

Application Deadline: Mar. 2 @ 5 p.m.

Apply Now for Specialty Crop Funding Opportunities

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Specialty Crop Producer Association Grant applications are now accepting applications.

Projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, organization, or individual to be eligible for funding. Applicants should describe how a project will benefit a specialty crop industry, a group of producers or businesses, or the public rather than a single business or organization.

Application Deadline: Feb. 27

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