Technical Assistance

NOFA Vermont's Technical Assistance program helps farmers grow better crops, keep healthier animals, and improve their business practices. Certified organic, transitioning to organic, and non-certified farmers using sustainable practices can all use this program.

We have resources for beginning farmers, vegetable and fruit growers and dairy and livestock producers, including one-on-one mentorship and business planning.

We have also expanded our mentorship program to include the Farming Beyond Borders program, which supports educational connections between Vermont farmers and those in other states and countries.

Brief History of NOFA-VT’s Technical Assistance Program

NOFA-VT’s dairy and livestock technical assistance program started in 1994 to provide on-farm consultation (production technical assistant, grass management, research, and technical workshops). In addition, we have provided technical assistance in farm financial planning to predominantly organic vegetable producers, as part of our revolving loan fund program since the program since 1994. In 2002, we received funding from the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to establish a technical assistance program for commercial organic seed producers; this consisted primarily of on-farm production consultation, market analysis, technical workshops, and written resources. In 2006, we received funding from the John Merck Fund to develop a Vegetable Technical Assistance Program modeled after our Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program.

With funding from the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program, we have been able to expand our technical outreach to do business planning with dairy farmers, expand our work with vegetable producers to farmers outside of the loan fund program, and develop a technical assistance program for non-dairy livestock. We now have technical assistance available for dairy, livestock, fruit, herb, and vegetable growers who are certified organic, transitioning to organic, or interested in organic production.