Archive for the ‘Vermont Farm Fund’ 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, [...]

Vermont Farm Fund Makes Its Mark & Launches New Site

Posted: April 23, 2013

Over $160,000 in loans made to Vermont Farmers and Producers   For Immediate Release April 23, 2013 – Hardwick, Vermont - Since its inception in 2011, the Vermont Farm Fund (VFF), a collaborative effort between the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, has loaned over $160,000 through its revolving community loan [...]

A Letter from our Executive Director

Posted: November 27, 2012

Dear Friend of the CAE, How much food could New England (and the greater Hardwick area) really produce? We hear a lot about the virtues of “eating locally,” “food security,” and a “regional food system,” but what might such a system really look like on the ground? There is a bold, new food vision that [...]

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 [...]

Vermont Farm Fund – A note from us to you

Posted: August 20, 2012

It’s been a humbling experience to work within and for the agricultural community in Vermont. Every day, small farms across this nation face enormous pressures to survive, let alone thrive and prosper. In Vermont, we are fortunate to have a great network of organizations that look to support the needs of small and beginning farmers [...]

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. [...]

Vermont Farm Fund – Update 2012

Posted: July 13, 2012

                                                                                                                                                 July 13, 2012 Thanks to YOU and your contributions, the VermontFarm Fund and the Center for an Agricultural Economy gave out over a dozen loans to Vermont farmers in 2011, totaling $125,000! The farms you helped [...]

Meet Sweet Rowen Farmstead

Posted: June 18, 2012

A recipient of a Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loan in 2011, Paul Lisai of Sweet Rowen Farmstead recently celebrated a May 2012 grand Re -opening of his business and processing house. This is what he had to say about how the VFF Emergency Loan helped him get to this point. After the fire at Ploughgate Creamery I [...]

The Vermont Farm Fund Launches Innovative Loan Program

Posted: June 1, 2012

The Vermont Farm Fund Launches New Innovative Loan Program Getting back to their roots, VFF refocuses on moving local food system forward Hardwick, VT, May 31, 2012— On June 1st, the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Pete’s Greens will launch the Vermont Farm Fund Innovative Loan. Offering a low interest rate and quick response, [...]