Posted July 12, 2023 at 03:08pm by Kelly Dolan
Flood Related Resources for Vermont's Farming Communities
A heartfelt hello to the Farm to Plate Network,
These past couple of days have been incredibly difficult for many in our small, but vibrant state. We first want to acknowledge the widespread devastation brought on by flooding in several of our Vermont towns. At the same time, we want to express sincere gratitude for the ongoing contributions and efforts of organizations and individuals that are rapidly mobilizing to ensure support reaches those most in need. The coming days will be focused on immediate relief and assessing the impact of this event on our state's agricultural community.
As an organization, we will do our best to share out relevant information and resources as they become available. Below is a list of organizations accepting donations, general and farmer specific resources that we will keep up to date on our website here. Farm to Plate Network members can also post resources and news related to storm on our website's news and information page: https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/events-news-jobs
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out: email@example.com
The Farm to Plate Team
Where to donate:
- Vermont Community Foundation - 2023 Flood Response & Recovery Fund
- NOFA-VT Farmer Emergency Fund
- Intervale Recovery Fund
- Center for Agricultural Economy's Vermont Farm Fund
Farmer specific resources:
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has a comprehensive list of resources available for farmers.
- If you have crop insurance, contact your local Farm Service Agency to report losses.
- The Agency of Agriculture is requesting information from farms and organizations who were impacted by the flooding and severe weather that occurred between July 7 and 18. The purpose of this survey is to capture the type and scale of the damage suffered by agricultural producers in the state. Survey data will be used to inform response efforts, effectively allocate resources, and advocate for future relief and recovery programs. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until August 28, 2023. Link to survey: https://forms.office.com/g/VXfb1jGTc4
- Apply for assistance through the Center for an Agricultural Economy's Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loan here.
- Flooded Produce Safety FAQs
- NOFA-VT is gathering information to coordinate support and recovery efforts for farmers. If you are a farmer, please share information here.
- Farm First has dedicated farmer peers available to talk to any farmers this week. Farmers can access our resource coordinator, counselor, or peers by contacting:
- (802) 318-5538 during daytime work hours (8:00 AM-4:30 PM M-F)
- (877) 493-6216 outside of daytime work hours
- Email: Eva Griffin at EvaG@farmfirst.org
Please pass along info to farm and food businesses and non-profits about ACCD’s Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (BEGAP) and Agency of Agriculture’s BEGAP for Agriculture Operations. Of the $20 million available, VAAFM has received $1 million to address on-farm flood impacts for agricultural operations losses or physical damage, and this would include on-farm processing impacts. Farm/food businesses engaged in off-farm processing or food manufacturing should apply directly to ACCD BEGAP as a “manufacturing” or “retail” sector applicant (this pool of funds is $19 million, but includes applicants from all sectors impacted).
NRCS Vermont Allocates $4 Million to Help Farmers Recover from Floods
This funding applies to resource concerns that threaten the ongoing agricultural operation or create an imminent threat to agricultural operations. The only eligible practices under this EQIP-Disaster Assistance signup are the following seven practices: Cover Crop; Critical Area Planting; Fence; Pasture and Hay Planting; Mulching; Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till; Feed Management. The deadline to apply for this disaster assistance funding is September 1st. Please visit your local NRCS service center to apply. Click to find your local NRCS Service Center.
- Small Bites Newsletter: Stories of farm and food related businesses impacted by flooding
- Vermont 211: Report flood damage, information on shelters and additional assistance
- New England 511: Up to date details on road closures
- Vermont Emergency Management: Flood preparedness information
- Volunteer to Help Support Vermonters: Register and learn how you can support storm related relief efforts
- FEMA Best Practice Flood Recovery Sheet
- Historic Flood resource document with some best practices: Resource page organized by town of Waterbury
- Hunger Free VT: Food security related resource page
Photo credit: Intervale Community Farm