87 State Street, Suite 324
Montpelier, VT 05601
||Business and Cooperative Programs Director||david.robinsonREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vt.usda.gov||(802) 828-6031|
||Community and Economic Development Specialist||benjamin.doyleREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vt.usda.gov||802-839-9914|
Ben Doyle is a Community Economic Development Specialist for USDA Rural Development. In this role, he works with stakeholders and staff to build community capacity for accessing Rural Development resources. A former high school English teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, Ben lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
I work as the Public Affairs Specialist for USDA Rural Development in Vermont. Rural Development works with rural communities across the state to help promote economic development through financially supporting business development, community infrastructure and affordable housing. Investing in local food systems is a key focus of Rural Development in Vermont. Growing up on a sheep dairy in Windham County taught me the social and economic opportunities offered by the local food economy.
- Agriculture and culinary tourism
- Marketing consultants
Business Planning and Technical Assistance
- Access to capital
- Feasibility and planning
- Production / Processing technical assistance
- Loans / debt
- Goal 1: Consumption of Vermont-produced food by Vermonters and regional consumers will measurably increase.
- Goal 2: Consumers in institutional settings (e.g., K-12 schools, colleges, state agency cafeterias, hospitals, prisons) will consume more locally produced food.
- Goal 3: Vermonters will exhibit fewer food-related health problems (e.g., obesity and diabetes).
- Goal 6: Farms and other food system operations will improve their overall environmental stewardship to deliver a net environmental benefit to the state.
- Goal 7: Local food production—and sales of local food—for all types of markets will increase.
- Goal 9: The majority of farms will be profitable.
- Goal 10: All Vermonters will have a greater understanding of how to obtain, grow, store, and prepare nutritional food.
- Goal 11: Vermont’s food processing and manufacturing capacity will expand to meet the needs of a growing food system.
- Goal 13: Local food will be available at all Vermont market outlets and increasingly available at regional, national, and international market outlets.
- Goal 17: The number of locally owned and operated food system businesses in Vermont is increasing.
- Goal 18: Vermont’s food system establishments will provide safe & welcoming working conditions, livable wages, & have access to a skilled, reliable workforce.
- Goal 19: Business planning and technical assistance services will be highly coordinated, strategic, and accessible to Vermont’s food system businesses.
- Goal 20: Food system entrepreneurs and farmers will have greater access to the right match of capital to meet their financing needs at their stage of growth and for their scale of business.
- Goal 21: Private foundations, state and federal funding sources, the Vermont Legislature, the governor’s administration, and food system investors will coordinate and leverage available resources to maximize the implementation of this Plan.
- Goal 25: Food system market development needs will be strategically coordinated.