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Final Round of Funding! COVID-19 Response Micro-Grants for Farmers: Market Development & Sales Innovation From the Center for an Agricultural Economy

The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has been working to procure funding for a micro-grants program so that farmers can make adaptations to respond to the current crisis to strengthen our local food system. This is our final round of funding, and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis through December 15th.

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New Legal Resource Assists Farmers and Food Producers with Food Safety Compliance

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and University of Vermont Extension’s Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) announced the launch of a free legal resource for farmers and food producers. Available at elsi.necafs.org, the new website features fact sheets answering pressing legal questions about food safety compliance.

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The Community Finds a Way... Supporting Our Community this Thanksgiving

Giving and receiving in our local community has supported and carried us throughout this pandemic. The upcoming holiday season invites us to further this circle of resiliency. While your traditions may look different this year, the community spirit will be present this holiday season!

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VT Community Loan Fund’s New Northern Vermont Recovery Loan Fund to Combat COVID’s Economic Impacts

The Vermont Community Loan Fund has announced the launch of the Northern Vermont Recovery Loan Fund (NVRLF), a new loan program serving Northern Vermont agricultural and other businesses and organizations negatively impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Technical Assistance and Training Available to Vermont’s Food Scrap Composters

Registration is now open for the Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training.

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Food Connects Welcomes New Food Hub Operations Coordinator

Food Connects is excited to welcome Deborah Sadler to their team as their new Food Hub Operations Coordinator. Deborah is the first in a series of new hires to support Food Connects’ continued operational growth. Deborah splits her time coordinating Food Hub pickups and deliveries and driving delivery routes.

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VT Breakfast on the Farm Awards $31,000 in Dairy Promotion Grants

A new grant program was created by VT Breakfast on the Farm to give Vermont farmers and industry organizations an opportunity to engage with the public about dairy farming.

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VT Community Loan Fund Announces SPROUT Loans Available for Vermont Working Lands Entrepreneurs

The Vermont Community Loan Fund is now accepting loan applications through its SPROUT program, a low-interest loan program for emerging Vermont working lands entrepreneurs including farms, food producers & processors, foresters, forest products businesses and others in the start-up and early stages of their operations.

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Vermont Technical College Agriculture & Food Systems Survey

Weigh in on ag and food educational program transformation planning at VT Tech.

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Announcing the Taste of Food Connects

Food Connects will host the first Taste of Food Connects from November 1 to 21. This event brings together over 90 local businesses throughout the Windham County and Monadnock Regions to celebrate our vibrant local economy. This unique event is part Local Passport, benefitting local businesses, and part Silent Auction, supporting Food Connects’ annual fund.

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