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Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules

Agricultural planning modules that provide guidance and resources on new issues like food system planning, agripreneurism, and composting, while giving detailed guidance on historically important issues such as farmland conservation, farmland and taxes, and land use regulations. These topics are covered in 5 short easily digestible modules that can be read as a series or quickly referenced individually.

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Local Planning for Food Access

This toolkit focuses on improving food access through municipal and regional plans. Plans alone won’t solve hunger, but the planning process can raise awareness and build broad public support for food access initiatives. There are a wide variety of ways to address food access in plans. Food access and hunger are systemic issues that are connected to the broader food system. They are impacted by state and federal agricultural policies and by local decisions in municipal and regional plans around topics like land use regulation, transportation and mobility, water quality, waste management, and more. This resource includes information on the planning process, explores the way that food access relates to other topics that are already being addressed through local planning, provides suggested strategies to include and advice on how to select the most appropriate, and presents successful examples from around the state.

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Takeaways & Next Steps: 2/6/19 Farm Transfers Financing Convening

This Takeaways document outlines a range of Sticking Points and Solutions, as well as next steps regarding further outreach to key stakeholders. It is one of a series of outputs from the Crosscutting Team coming out of the Farm Transfers Convening.

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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 2015 Vermont Vineyard Feasibility Study

A study exploring the feasibility of vineyards in Vermont.

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Energy

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

Energy Promoting Adoption of Biomass Fuels for Heating Vegetable Greenhouses in Vermont

This project demonstrated the use of biomass heating for greenhouse vegetable production at sites across Vermont.

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Agritourism

A collection of resources aimed at promoting the agritourism industry and intended to aid farmers in implementing agritourism into their farms.

Agritourism Land Use and Zoning For Agritourism

Topics include: Key Land Use Questions for Farmers Considering Agritourism; Land Use Regulations and Bylaws; Navigating Local Land Use Regulations; Agritourism-Friendly Land Use Regulations; The Bottom Line.

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Vermont Farm Worker Wage, Hour, and Housing Fact Sheet

Information about wages, working hours, and housing regulations for farm workers in Vermont provided through the collaborative effort of nine organizations state-wide.

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