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
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
Marketing & Distribution
|Checklist for Adding Home Delivery of Farm Goods Without Adding Legal Risk (requires sign up)|
Effective Email Marketing for Organic Farmers with Kate Spring of Good Heart Farmstead
|Online Ordering Platforms for Farmers (PDF)|
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)|
Responsive Farm Planning
|Sample daily checklist for farm operations|
|Spanish language COVID-19 training for farmers and farmworkers|
|Vermont Agency of Commerce printable signs|
|VCAAP Dairy Assistance Program|
Open Path Collective - a low or no cost therapist finder website for those who cannot afford the mental health services they need.
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