Supports for Food System Businesses

January 04, 2021
Businesses tied to Vermont’s food system have multiple resources available to them during this challenging time. Farmers with extra produce to sell, dairy farms in need of backup milkers, and working lands businesses can all find help through these resources: 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Farms & Markets offers a farm/food business impact form for businesses to share the impact they’ve experienced. Collected impact will help the Agency determine how best to aid the sector.  

UVM Extension is offering multiple webinars for farmers and food businesses to move their business online and expand their customer base by accepting SNAP. Past episodes are also available for viewing. 

Vermont Farm to Plate (F2P) has created a COVID-19 Resource Collection. It includes guidance for employers and a form to submit questions to F2P’s COVID-19 Task Force. 

Businesses interested in supplying Hannaford  grocery stores as local farm/food producers can fill out their Hannaford Vendor Supplier Information Gathering survey. 

F2P also offers a database for farmers to find replacement milkers in the event their milkers become ill and cannot work. 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) offers a comprehensive page of farmer resources, including a matchmaker tool for farmers with excess produce to sell.   

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems created an employment law FAQ for farmers and farmworkers.  

The UVM Extension Veg and Berry Team offers guidance for handling berry crops during the pandemic.  

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program (a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board) offers a resource page for working lands businesses

Farmers that are involved in agritourism can find support and guidance on the Vermont Agritourism Facebook page

For more COVID-19 related resources for businesses and individuals, visit the COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center

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