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 to address everyday challenges faced by agriculturalists. More info at http://www.vcil.org/services/agrability
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 on appropriately scaled, humane and community based dairy farms. ADI does this through farmer and consumer education, milk testing, research on new techniques and management practices for small dairy production, and demonstration of these techniques and practices. ADI’s goal is to, through education and research, foster the development of more sustainable and humane community based dairy farms. Please see the current website, alternativedairy.org, for more information.
ADI is assuming operation of what was the Bob-White Systems dairy testing lab. The FDA-certified dairy testing lab is open to the region’s dairy farmers and provides raw milk testing including Vermont Tier II, and milk pregnancy, Johne’s, Leucosis, and Staph tests.
“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.” Visit website.
Bob-White Systems (BWS) provides innovative equipment, supplies, technology and resources for the local production of safe, farm-fresh dairy products. Bob-White Systems, creators of the LiLi pasteurizer, provides farmstead dairy consulting services and affordable small-scale dairy equipment including bulk tanks, portable milking equipment, dairy and cheese making supplies for Micro Dairies milking cows, sheep, goats and even water buffalo. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Bob-White Systems supports local, farmstead dairy farmers across the country and aims to increase the availability of locally-produced, safe and delicious farm-fresh milk, cheese and yogurt. To learn more about the company, visit them online at bobwhitesystems.com and LiLiMilk.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/FarmsteadDairy and on Twitter @FarmsteadDairy.
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, including several active in the Women in Agriculture Network. To view and download the tip sheets, visit our web site:
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.
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.
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
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!
Publication: Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance
The Center for Sustainable Agriculture advances sustainable food and farming systems in Vermont and beyond. We cultivate partnership, support innovative research and practices, and inform policy to benefit Vermont communities and the UVM campus.
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.
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 www.vhcb.org/viability or by calling 802-828-3370.
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.