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September 23, 2020 •
Bill Cavanaugh, Farmer Services Advisor

Blueprint Project Webinars

The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, NOFA-VT, and Vermont Land Trust are hosting an informational webinar to introduce our collaborative project which will provide business planning and land access services to farmers of color in Vermont.

September 23, 2020 •
Jennica Stetler, UVM

Health Services for H2A Workers

UVM Extension wants to make sure H2A workers are as healthy as possible during this busy time of year and into the future. The fall flu season combined with COVID is potentially a huge threat to the success and viability of farms and we want to help reduce this risk. We are making available FREE health services on and off-farm in the coming weeks and are doing a health needs assessment to help us make decisions about future services. 

September 22, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, Policy Director

NOFA-VT Joins Call to Expand On-Farm Slaughter Allowances

On September 14th, NOFA-VT joined 25 other organizations and farmers in sending a letter urging the legislature to increase the allowances for the number of animals that can be slaughtered under Vermont's on-farm slaughter law.

September 15, 2020 •
Contributed by DigInVT

Vermont Farm Walks Blend Agriculture with Recreation

Strolling, hiking, running, and meandering along a farm trail can be added to the list of agritourism activities encouraged on Vermont farms, thanks to the newly formed Farm Walk Trail network.  The Farm Walk Trail network is a collaborative initiative of food, farming and agritourism organizations brought together to create a directory of walking trails on farms across the state.

September 8, 2020 •
Bill Cavanaugh, Farmer Services Advisor

Farm Beginnings: "Exactly what we needed"

One farm that recently completed the program is Hunger Moon Farm in Fairfield. Colton and Dani are both midwesterners who came to Vermont looking for the perfect balance of good food, outdoor fun, and ample farming opportunities. They found all three in abundance living in Fairfield and working at Stony Pond Farm, an organic dairy.

September 8, 2020 •
NOFA-VT Engagement Team

Planning for Winter 2021

We write with news about our beloved yearly winter conference. This is an unprecedented time. Although we look forward to a time when we are able to gather safely in person, it isn’t safe now to plan to hold a thousand-person gathering this winter. We are filled with sadness to miss being together at our annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference, and we're also excited for the possibilities to continue connecting during this unique time.

August 24, 2020 •
Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project

Fostering Fairness in Agriculture

The COVID -19 crisis has exposed minor cracks and deep craters in the US food supply chain, food security and local food systems reliance and resiliency. Farmers and farmworkers are “essential,” yet there is no requirement or financial support to provide them with masks, protective care, paid leave if they get sick, and safe, transportation and housing with room for social distancing.

August 20, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Policy Director

TELL FSA: DON'T CUT ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE! 

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that they are reducing reimbursement rates for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Congress set the current reimbursement rates in the 2018 Farm Bill at 75 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $750 per scope. FSA plans to lower the rate to 50 percent of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This reduction comes in the middle of a global crisis, at a time when it is critical to support our organic farms and processors as essential to our recovery.

August 7, 2020 •
Erin Buckwalter, Development & Engagement Director

Update on the Enid Wonnacott Fund

We are humbled and delighted to share that we have reached our goal of raising $500,000 for the Enid Wonnacott Fund. We are so thrilled to have this lasting tribute to Enid! The Enid Wonnacott Fund assures that Enid’s values and legacy will be carried forward long into NOFA-VT’s future

August 7, 2020 •
Kim Norman Mercer, Communications Manager

Seeking Illustrator

Request for Proposals: Farm & Food Illustrations for NOFA-VT

July 31, 2020 •
Emmet Moseley, NOFA-VT’s Community Food Access Programs Coordinator

Crop Cash Triples Money Spent at Farmers Markets

August through October, NOFA-VT’s Crop Cash Program offers $3 in spending power for every $1 of 3SquaresVT/SNAP spent at qualifying Farmers Markets in Vermont

July 27, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Policy Director

Calling all BIPOC Vermonters

From farmers and farmworkers to restaurant employees, entrepreneurs and activists to scientists and practitioners, advocates and researchers to educators and enthusiasts, our network seeks to create a collective alliance of BIPOC stakeholders and organizations who are deeply committed to promoting racial equity in land, environment, agriculture, and food systems initiatives. 

July 13, 2020 •
Livy Bulger, Education & Engagement Manager

July's Members of the Month

In this monthly feature, we recognize one of our member as a way to celebrate all the incredible people who make the NOFA-VT community what it is. This month we connected with Gabby Tuite and Henry Webb, organic veggie farmers from Old Road Farm. Originally established on 1/4 acre in Monkton in 2015, this year they found their dream property and forever farm with the help of the Vermont Land Trust in Granville, VT. Old Road Farm was also a recent recipient of NOFA-VT's Resilience Grants, which they plan to use to establish an on-site farm stand and build out their website. In addition to being certified organic through VOF, they are also certified by the Real Organic Project.

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