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Message from the New Farmer Project

It's past time. Recent events make clear that all of us need to stand up against racism – by confronting the violence and injustice of our country’s white supremacy culture, and committing ourselves to building an anti-racist future for our communities and for farming.
New Farmer Project staff are committed to using our privilege to fight injustice and make space for more equitable, inclusive and accessible food systems. We recognize that there continue to be inequities in our food and farming systems, linking to centuries of systemic exploitation. We know we have much listening and learning to do, that it will be uncomfortable at times, and we will make mistakes. And we are grateful for and humbled by the many projects, organizations, and coalitions who are leading this work toward long overdue change.


New Vermont Hemp Rules Webinar June 11, 12:00 to 1:00 pm Hear Stephanie Smith from VT Agency of Agriculture share information about hemp standards and expectations for recordkeeping, reporting, testing, and labeling for hemp crops.  NOFA Mass calendar and NOFA VT calendar have details on upcoming on-line events and webinars.

Spotlight on ShakeyGround Farm

This season has brought new risks and huge challenges for Vermont farmers selling their produce.  With many farmers markets and restaurants remaining closed due to COVID-19, farmers have had to adapt to a new retail environment. Megan Bookless, Farm Manager at ShakeyGround Farm, has risen to the challenge. Read more here.

Financial Help for Farmers impacted due to Pandemic

Farmers can apply to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program which provides direct relief. Applications are accepted through Aug. 28, 2020 and made through your local Farm Service Agency. For one-on-one support, call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to help. See guidance on how the program worksNOFA-VT is providing emergency funds to help, available to  NOFA-VT member farms, and farms certified by VOF. VT Land Trust also has VLT Farm Relief and Recovery funds for farms on VLT-owned or conserved land.

Resources & Support 

Vermont New Farmer project has free one-to-one farm business support available and other resources to help beginning farmers.

UVM Extension has curated list of production protocols, hygiene procedures and market related resources for vegetable farmers. 

Feeling stessed?  Cornell Small Farms program has strategies and resources to help manage stress and anxiety. 

Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit

In April, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) published its "Racial Equity Toolkit" to support farmers to work on dismantling racism in their communities. The guide includes background information on how racism operates in our food system; practical tools for convening conversations about racism, equity and justice in your community; and guidance for organizing toward direction action. "This toolkit is a starting point," says NYFC. "It is an initial resource for people who are overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of the problem and need help determining how to start dismantling racism in their communities."

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The UVM Extension Vermont New Farmer Project brings together information and resources from Extension and the broader Vermont Agriculture community to assist new farmers in creating successful agricultural businesses. UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.
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This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588.

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