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Energy

A collection of resources providing information about energy use, renewable energy, and alternative energy forms on farms.

Energy Farm to Plate Energy Success Stories

The Energy Cross-cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network released Energy Success Stories at the 2014 Farm Show. Direct and indirect energy costs have wide impacts throughout Vermont's food system. The Energy Success Stories showcase farms, businesses, vendors, installers, and technical assistance providers that have made a difference with energy efficiency savings and renewable energy production.

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Financing Case Studies

A wide variety of financing options across the capital continuum are available to assist with the capital needs of Vermont’s food system businesses. However, navigating through the multitude of financing options can be overwhelming. In response to the need to help businesses better understand and navigate the variety of financing options available to them, the Financing Cross-Cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network created a series of case studies based on types of financing used by Vermont food businesses. The case studies cover convertible debt (High Mowing Organic Seeds), farmland financing (Bread & Butter Farm), and royalty financing (Liz Lovely).

Financing Case Studies Seeding the Future with Convertible Debt: A Financing Case Study of High Mowing Organic Seeds

A wide variety of financing options across the capital continuum are available to assist with the capital needs of Vermont’s food system businesses. However, navigating through the multitude of financing options can be overwhelming. In response to the need to help businesses better understand and navigate the variety of financing options available to them, the Financing Cross-Cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network convened a series of panels that illuminated financing options that different food system businesses have used—High Mowing Organic Seeds and convertible debt, Bread & Butter Farm and a complex farmland deal, Liz Lovely and royalty financing, and Aqua Vitae and convertible debt. The first financing case study, Seeding the Future With Convertible Debt, focuses on High Mowing Organic Seeds--a producer of more than 600 varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seed that employs more than 40 people in Wolcott--and convertible debt.

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Asset Mapping Survey and Strategic Planning Report

28 organizations in the state, composed of nonprofits, government agencies, colleges and universities, and solid waste districts were surveyed for the Asset Mapping Project. Surveyed organizations were asked to identify assets in 7 areas: Personnel, Expertise, Constituents, Networks & Partners, Space & Facilities, Materials & Equipment, and Additional Leverage Areas. The survey was designed to: (1) Ensure identification of the major organizations that can serve as statewide Universal Recycling assets, (2) Identify key alliances and networks that can support and promote Food Cycle Coalition initiatives (3) Assess the strengths and gaps of organizations’ assets and the network of organizational assets as a whole, (4) Develop insights and recommendations for how to improve local/regional conditions that support Universal Recycling goals and implementation, (5) Catalyze action to meet local and regional needs to ensure comprehensive Universal Recycling implementation, and (6) Estimate the economic value of identified assets.

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Farm Viability

A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.

Farm Viability Crowd Funding

There is a lot of excitement about crowd funding these days. Rightfully so, most people get excited about the prospect of free money. But is this money free? What do we call this money?

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Farm Viability 2016 Maple Business Benchmark

The 2016 Maple Business Benchmark is the fourth year of financial record analysis for a small group of commercial syrup producers. The University of Vermont Extension worked with seventeen maple producers to complete financial analysis of their maple enterprise but only eleven financial records were deemed suitable and accurate enough for inclusion in the 2016 group analysis.

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Farm Transfer and Succession

A collection of resources detailing how to plan for land management, and land and business succession strategies, to ensure a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

Farm Transfer and Succession Guidelines for Transfer & Succession Plans

At the point of farm transfer there is a risk that viable farm businesses can be lost or the farm can be converted to non-agricultural uses if careful planning decisions are not made well in advance. Actions must be taken to facilitate the continuation of the farm business or provide for the farmland to be kept in agricultural production. This resource is a set of guidelines to ensure a smooth transfer.

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