Farm to School and Early Childhood Vision Grant Accepting Applications

Vision Grant

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Farm to School and Early Childhood Vision Grant supports innovative projects that address contemporary issues facing communities, agriculture, health, and Vermont youth through farm to school and early childhood initiatives.  

A total of $150,000 is available through this competitive funding opportunity. The minimum award is $5,000 and the maximum award is $50,000. Schools, school districts, early childhood educators, afterschool programs, and non-profits working in partnership with other organizations in the Vermont Farm to School and Early Childhood Network are eligible to apply. 

Strong proposals will be scalable and/or replicable, prioritize youth leadership, and demonstrate a significant impact on Vermont youth. 

Apply for the Farm to School and Early Childhood Vision Grant by Thursday, April 11th. Please consider joining an informational webinar on March 14th at 11am to learn more about this opportunity. 

Apply for a Vision Grant


Move Forward Vermont
Public Survey

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) are leading Move Forward Together Vermont, a large-scale planning process to develop Vermont’s next shared vision for outdoor recreation and a set of priorities for the next five years.

FPR and VOREC are asking people across Vermont to fill out a survey to help guide this process. 

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and asks questions about outdoor activities, opportunities, barriers, and priorities. 

Survey deadline: March 31st

Listening Sessions

Rutland County & Statewide
VAAFM Listening Sessions

The next two statewide listening sessions hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will take place in mid-March. 

The first session is a virtual statewide offering on March 8th from 12:30-2pm. The second is an in-person meeting for Rutland County in Rutland on March 20th from 4:00-5:45pm. Registration is required for both sessions. 

These sessions are an opportunity for producers and stakeholders across Vermont to make their priorities and concerns known to VAAFM staff. Questions? Contact Sarah McIlvennie at [email protected] or (802) 261-5866

Next session: March 18th (virtual)


Upcoming Vermont
Wild Kitchen Program

The Vermont Wild Kitchen returns with another in-person program on Sunday, April 14th from 10am-2pm.

At this Franklin County Event co-hosted by the VT Department of Fish & Wildlife and Rural Vermont, participants will learn to raise, hunt, and cook rabbit at Give a C.A.R.E Farmstead and the Fairfield Community Center.

The event is free with limited capacity, registration is required. 

Program: April 14th

M&A Blog

Business Planning for
Agritourism Enterprises

Business planning is vital for agritourism ventures, just as it is for any enterprise. 

This week on the blog, we explore why having a solid plan is crucial, discuss key considerations when crafting a plan for your agritourism business, and introduce an easy-to-use online tool to guide you through the process. 

Read the full blog

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

3/4 - Small Farm Diversification and Transition Grant deadline
3/8 - Community Supported Agriculture Grant deadline
3/8 - Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant deadline
3/17 - Vend in the Vermont Building at the Big E deadline
3/18 - Virtual Statewide VAAFM Listening Session
3/19 - Agricultural Pesticide Applicator Meeting
3/20 - 2024 Grain Growers Conference
3/20 - Rutland County VAAFM Listening Session
3/25 - Franklin and Grand Isle Counties VAAFM Listening Session

4/2 and 4/3 - Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Summit
4/4 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Clarendon)
4/5 - VAAFM Scale Testing Half Day (Bennington)
4/5 - VAAFM Scale Testing Half Day (Berlin)
4/8 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Dummerston)
4/9 - Initial Pesticide Certification Meeting
4/9 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Windsor)
4/11 - Farm to School and Early Childhood Vision Grant deadline
4/11 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Colchester)
4/12 - VAAFM Scale Testing Half Day (Morrisville)
4/15 - Spring Farm Agronomic Practices Program deadline
4/24 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Middlebury)
4/25 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Derby)
4/26 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (St. Johnsbury)

5/2 - VAAFM Scale Testing Full Day (Randolph Center)

6/6 - Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant deadline


View the VAAFM Grants Calendar


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