Archive for the ‘Irene Flood 2011’ Category

NEK Case Study 2: Funding by Farmers, for Farmers!

Posted: June 3, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development! Work is underway to update the plan, draft and vet strategies and action items, and research a series of case studies that showcase local examples of the plan’s goals. Below is a draft of one of the case studies, highlighting the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving [...]

First Vermont Farm Fund Loan is Paid Early

Posted: October 2, 2013

The very first Vermont Farm Fund loan, an emergency loan made in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene to Aaron Locker of Kingsbury Market Garden, was paid in full in mid-September, 9 months earlier than required by the loan agreement.   When asked why he would pay back an interest-free loan before it is due, [...]

The Hardwick Community Gardens are (Re)Born!

Posted: October 24, 2012

In September we were blessed with both beautiful weather and a wonderful bunch of community members with tools in hand, ready to construct the second incarnation of the Hardwick Community Gardens! To catch those of you who have not been following the story of the Gardens up to speed, in 2011 Tropical Storm Irene had [...]

A Note from Pete’s Greens

Posted: August 24, 2012

Thanks to all of you who donated to the Vermont Farm Fund post Irene last summer.I appreciate your ability to recognize the vision of this new fund, for trusting us to do good things with your money, and for your fast reaction in the wake of that storm. We helped a great group of farms get back [...]

Harlow Farm is “Sharing the Harvest”

Posted: August 16, 2012

Paul Harlow - photo courtesy of VT Foodbank This great post from the Vermont Foodbank features Paul Harlow, the farmer behind Harlow Farm and Westminister Organics. He is also a recipient of a loan from the Vermont Farm Fund and we are so proud that we could be a part of his recovery after Tropical Storm Irene. [...]

Thank You for Your Support

Posted: December 19, 2011

December 2011 Dear Friends, Neighbors and Partners, The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has one vision: To support a thriving, sustainable agricultural economy in a rural community.  This simple, and yet complex, vision has helped guide every step during these last twelve months of enormous growth in our organization, energizing us for the year [...]

Vermont Farm Fund Awards $35,000 in Emergency Loans

Posted: September 22, 2011

 Within days of receiving applications, VFF Committee awards loans to farms in need after Irene. Hardwick, VT, September 20, 2011— Thanks to a dedicated group of advisers, the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has administered $35,000 in zero interest loans through the Vermont Farm Fund (VFF), to four Vermont farms of varying size.  Little [...]

Benefit Concert for Vermont Farm Fund

Posted: September 21, 2011

Come join Champlain Orchards in beautiful Shoreham for a 2 day concert, featuring Wyndorf & Bright, Mango Jam, Freeman Corey Band and the Two Tone Deceiver. All proceeds will benefit our Vermont Farm Fund as well as NOFA-VT’s Emergency Fund.  Visit for more details or call 802-897-2777 for information.

Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loan now offering $10,000 loans

Posted: September 13, 2011

More details to follow, but farmers can now borrow as much as $10,000 at zero interest, payable over 2 years with flexible payment terms. These loans are meant to help fill an immediate need that many are experiencing since Irene. You can find out more on our website: Vermont Farm Fund Our download an application [...]

Plenty of Safe, Local Produce

Posted: September 6, 2011

Press Release: for immediate release – 9/2/11Contact: Dr. Vern Grubinger, vegetable and berry specialist, University of Vermont Extension802-257-7967 x303 MANY VEGETABLE FARMS FLOODED BUT PLENTY OF SAFE LOCAL PRODUCE AVAILABLE Flooding caused by hurricane Irene led to extensive damage to crops, fields and equipment on farms all across Vermont. Unlike the flooding this past [...]