AgrAbility

AgrAbility is a nationwide program designed to help farmers, and their family members, remain in agriculture when facing limitations due to aging, disease, injury, illness or other disability. AgrAbility helps farmers remain productive in agriculture by making it easier or more comfortable to perform daily tasks. AgrAbility specialists analyze each situation and recommend practical solutions Continue Reading

Agricultural Resource Links

http://nffc.netThe National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), provides a voice for grassroots groups on farm, food, trade and rural economic issues to ensure fair prices for family farmers, safe and healthy food, and vibrant, environmentally sound rural communities here and around the world.  The NFFC (founded in 1986) represents family farm and rural groups in 30 Continue Reading

Alternative Dairy Initiative

The Alternative Dairy Initiative (ADI), formerly American Micro Dairies, is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Royalton, VT. American Micro Dairies changed its name to reflect the expansion of its mission and goals. The mission of ADI is to enable the local production and utilization of safe and delicious farm-fresh milk and dairy products Continue Reading

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

From their website (http://attra.ncat.org/) “Looking for the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities? We feature all that, plus in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.”

Bob-White Systems

A letter of introduction from Bob-White Systems, who produce the first on-the-farm, compact HTST pasteurization system to meet PMO standards, designed especially for small herd dairies and farmstead cheesemakers.

CISA Marketing Tip Sheets and Wholesale Readiness Tip Sheets

July 13, 2006 (links updated 9/23/09) Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) announces a series of marketing tip sheets, “Marketing to Enhance Farm Viability,” provides valuable information on a variety of topics for growers and agricultural businesses. The tip sheets include information from our work with Local Hero members and the expertise of experienced farmers, Continue Reading

Draft Animal Power Network

DAPNet is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing connections to resources that advance the use of draft animals, including year-round educational and networking opportunities, and to highlight the ongoing efforts of people in the Northeastern United States and beyond who are educating, mentoring, and building community around animal power and sustainable land use. DAPNet’s main Continue Reading

Farm & Food Legal Resources

A collection of online, existing legal resources compiled and organized by the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. Resources are separated by issues pertaining to farmers & ranchers, consumers, food entrepreneurs, attorneys & advocates, and healthcare professionals.

Farm Aid: Farmer Resource Network

Farmer Resource Network From the Farm Aid Website: The Farmer Resource Network connects you to more than 500 organizations developing innovative approaches to producing, processing and marketing food from family farms. We’re here to share our stories about successful farm operations and connect you to people with ideas to diversify and strengthen your farm.

Farm First

A resource for farmers helping connect folks with mental and physical health outlets, family counseling resources, legal issues, stress management, and more. Serving all Vermont farm owners. More information.

Farmers Market Resources from the VT Dept of Health

Health Department Licensing and Regulation: VDH Guide to Operating and Licensing: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/documents/food_lodging_operating_guide.pdf Application for a License: http://healthvermont.gov/forms/documents/Food_Lodging_license_application.pdf   Temporary Food Stands: Summary of Requirements: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/documents/food_stand_requirements.pdf Temporary Food Stand Application: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/documents/food_stand_app.pdf Health Department regulations: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/food_reg_guide.aspx Handwashing posters: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/documents/handwash.pdf UVM Extension Fact Sheets: General Food Safety Practices, Providing Samples, Selling Fresh Produce: http://www.uvm.edu/extension/food/pdfs/farmersmarket_foodsafety_general_2013aug.pdf Selling Meat, Eggs, and Continue Reading

Farmstead Meatsmith

Farmers producing education media on traditional butchering and meat preparation techniques. Visit their website.

Flood Resources

NOFA’s flood resources webpage for information for farmers about how to deal with flooded vegetable farms, hay and corn fields, reporting damage, and seeking financial help.  Information for consumers about how to support their local farmers.

FSMA Resources

Translations of the fact sheets of the four proposed supplemental FSMA rules are now available. Visit the FSMA website to view these translations and more information on the proposed rules. – Proposed Supplemental Rule for Produce Safety <http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMDA3LjM2Nzc0NDYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTAwNy4zNjc3NDQ2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTY4MDcxJmVtYWlsaWQ9ZXNhd3RlbGxlc0Bhb2wuY29tJnVzZXJpZD1lc2F3dGVsbGVzQGFvbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&100&&&http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery> – Proposed Supplemental Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food <http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMDA3LjM2Nzc0NDYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTAwNy4zNjc3NDQ2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTY4MDcxJmVtYWlsaWQ9ZXNhd3RlbGxlc0Bhb2wuY29tJnVzZXJpZD1lc2F3dGVsbGVzQGFvbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334115.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery> – Proposed Supplemental Rule for Preventive Continue Reading

Internet Resources for Farmers

Resources for farmers looking to use the internet to help their farms in various ways. Simple, easy ways to expand networking, advertising, and more. Download the report here (pdf).

LocallyGrown.net

LocallyGrown.net gives the internet’s advantages to Farmers’ Markets.Whether you manage or sell at a traditional farmers’ market with many other vendors or use a small email list to market produce off your farm, LocallyGrown.net is for you!http://www.locallygrown.net/

The Carrot Project

The Carrot Project provides loans from $5,000 to $35,000 to producers, processors and other food system enterprises. Deadline is the first business day of every month. Learn more about the Carrot Project here (PDF). Learn about 2013 loans and eligibility here (PDF).

The Vermont Natural Resource Atlas

The Vermont Natural Resources Atlas can be used to map soils and other features of use to farmers such as property boundaries, acreage and flooding hazards. This recent post on the UVM New Farmers Blog includes a link to the Atlas and also a link to a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Atlas Continue Reading

UVM Extension Resources for a Changing Climate

Burlington, VT – The UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Farming & Climate Change Coordinator Joshua Faulkner, Ph.D., has made two new resources available for farmers in Vermont, the region, and beyond. Now available through the Center’s website (uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture) are two documents created especially with produce growers in mind. Dr. Faulkner says. “With increasingly common Continue Reading

Vermont Farm Viability Program

The Farm Viability Program has helped more than 350 farmers to increase profits, improve farm management, develop new, value-added products, and plan for farm transfers. Farmers are matched with consultants to provide individualized business assistance. The Program is also currently enrolling farmers to work on storm recovery plans. More information can be found online at Continue Reading

Vermont Food Systems Atlas

The Vermont Food System Atlas, an online platform for strengthening Vermont’s food system, is now live! Includes videos, stories, data, and financing sources. Farm to Plate Network members can add News & Announcements, Events, and Job Listings.