Vermont Farm Fund Makes Its Mark & Launches New Site

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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 fund.

Originating from donations given to Pete’s Greens after the farm lost its barn, processing facility and winter storage crops from a devastating fire in January 2011, the fund grew substantially after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Since its inception, the VFF has given seventeen zero or low interest loans to farms and food businesses, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 each.

“The commitment of the borrowers to pay back into the VFF has been inspiring,” says Robin McDermott, a member of the Vermont Farm Fund Advisory Committee, “It is immensely satisfying to know that this money is having a direct and positive affect on our agricultural community.”

As the Vermont Farm Fund continues forward with its Innovation and Emergency Loan Programs, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens is glad to see the VFF evolve toward having a long term impact on the landscape of Vermont. “Innovation is key,” says Pete, “It’s what farmers are known for and we appreciate the opportunity to serve that community.”

This week the Vermont Farm Fund is launching its own website which will make it easier for borrowers and donors to learn about loan recipients, connect to resources, and become a part of this community. Nancy Baron, a social media and marketing consultant based in the Mad River Valley, volunteered to build the new website for the Vermont Farm Fund, raising its profile and telling the compelling story of farmers, agriculture and food.

“The concept of community among our agricultural producers is strong,” says Sarah Waring, Executive Director for the Center for an Agricultural Economy, “and we are excited to share what they have accomplished through hard work and innovation.”

To learn more about the Vermont Farm Fund, visit the website at or call 802-472-5362.


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