Farm Viability is a program developed by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to help farmers increae their profitability.
NOFA-VT is a technical service provider of the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program, as are the Intervale Foundation, University of Vermont Extension, Center for an Agricultural Economy, and Land for Good. As a provider, NOFA-VT is able to offer on-farm technical assistance in production and business planning to organic and transitioning vegetable, grain, dairy and livestock farms in Vermont.
Minimum eligibility requirements of the Farm Viability Enhancement Program:
- The owner(s) is year-round Vermont resident, currently operating the business in Vermont
- The owner(s) is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business
- The owner(s) has at least two years' experience managing the current business
- The business has grossed at least $15,000 in the most recent tax year
To to learn more and apply to the Vermont Farm Viability Program, visit the program page on VHCB's website.
“The NOFA-VT technical assistance provider was the catalyst for us to do some important business planning for our farm. Having an experienced set of eyes is really valuable – there are things you miss when you are in the thick of it. Just having an outside voice and eyes to view a farm operation can be the motivation for incredible internal change that drastically changes the bottom line for the better. Farming from the neck up, and sharpen your saw are important concepts that often get overlooked in the hectic pace of everyday farming. What the program really did was to get us to believe in our abilities as growers, and to have faith in ourselves and our land.”
- Organic vegetable farmer participant in the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program
“The most helpful service NOFA-VT provided was when the farm advisor came over and sat down with us for a series of work periods where he showed us how to do a year of financial planning and cash flow projections. An example of how that helped us is where he showed us that in order for us to meet our bills and have a little money left over for family living expenses, our herd of 40 cows must achieve and maintain an average of 50 lbs of milk production per cow per day. He also helped us realize what our short and long-term goals are and what it will take to get there. With this help, we were not only able to realize where we want to be and what it will take to get there, but we can move forward with confidence. Without your help, I don’t know if I would be farming today. But thanks to you, we are farming and things are going well. I can say with confidence that not only is NOFA-VT badly needed by farmers like myself making the transition to organic farming, but NOFA-VT and organic farming are absolutely essential to the survival of the small family farm.”
- Organic dairy farmer participant in the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program