Farmer Resources

Farmer Resources
NOFA-VT Farmer Services
offers support for farmers at all levels of development to reach their business and quality of life goals. As you are making significant adjustments to your business, production, labor, and marketing strategies for this upcoming season, one-on-one assistance is available to help you with these critical decisions and ensure the continued viability of your farm. 

Reach out to our staff at any time, for any reason, and we will navigate these unprecedented challenges together: Jen Miller, Farmer Services Director, (802) 434-7159 or Bill Cavanaugh, Farm Business Advisor, (802) 434-7154.

COVID Resilience Grants

We are pleased to announce new financial assistance for VOF & NOFA-VT member farms: Resilience Grants up to $1k to help you mitigate the impact of the COVID pandemic as you pivot your operation to respond to unexpected challenges and opportunities this crisis has brought about. The first round of grant funding has closed and funds are currently being distributed.  Watch this space for notifications about future grant rounds opening up. Learn more »

Dairy Relief Milkers

NOFA-VT has made a portion of our Farmer Emergency Fund available specifically to cover the cost of dairy farmers hiring temporary relief milkers. More information » 

Sick Pay Support for Farmworkers

If you are a farmworker forced to take unpaid time off because of COVID-19,  NOFA-VT may be able to help cover your sick pay.  For more information, please see this page.

    More Resources for Farmers

    (updated 8/26/20)

    Marketing & Distribution

    Production Best Practices

    VAAFM Guidance - Includes information for Farmers Markets, Pick Your Own operation, and much more
    Cornell U-Pick guidance
    Accepting SNAP/EBT as a Direct Market Farm (UVM Ext. webinar w/NOFA-VT staff); "EBT Equipment Options" (PDF)

    UVM Ext Ag Engineering food safety guidance

    Responsive Farm Planning

    Managing Labor


    Funding Opportunities

    Mental Health

    Open Path Collective -  a low or no cost therapist finder website for those who cannot afford the mental health services they need.

    MOSES Mental Health Podcast

    Farm First


    SEE ALSO — Policy Updates for information on these topics:

    • Relief for Essential Farmworkers 
    • Support for Dairy Farmers
    • NOFA-VT's Federal COVID-19 Relief Recommendations
    • Guidance for Greenhouse & Nursery Growers
    • Farmers Market Update & Guidance