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A program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy

Farm Business Advising

CAE's Food Systems Growth Advising is a farm and food business advising program to improve the economic viability of northern Vermont’s farms. We work one-on-one with farmers, providing specialized support and business planning assistance to help farmers find new wholesale markets, improve cash flow and achieve personal and professional goals necessary to sustain them and their farms. We support and advise farms in all stages of development.

The program seeks to enhance not just the profitability of farms, but also to create new linkages in the region’s local food system. Specialized support may include strategic planning, farm financial planning, bookkeeping and accounting, and refinement of production systems. Food Systems Growth Advisingutilizes skilled program staff, business consultants and veteran growers to support the development of business plans with program participants.

CAE is a partner in the Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program (VFFVP), a network of service providers that supports Vermont farms and value-added food businesses. As a farm or value-added business working with CAE, you could be supported by VFFVP if you meet eligibility requirements.

Are you eligible?

Are you a full-time farmer on owned or rented Vermont farmland?
Have you been farming in Vermont for at least three years?
Did you gross at least $ 15,000 during the last tax year?
If you are a food systems business, have you owned or managed your business for at least two years and are you primarily involved in adding value to Vermont agricultural products?

To fully determine your eligibility and apply for business planning services:

Farmers please consult the VFFVP - Farm Business application.

Food Businesses please consult the VFFVP - Food Business application.


Food Systems Growth Advising brings together veteran farm business planners, consultants, and a statewide network —to help you reach your goals.