2015 Capital and Infrastructure Investments

The Working Lands Enterprise Board received a total of 32 Capital and Infrastructure Letters of Intent for a total of $1,070,537; 25 Agriculture and 7 Forestry/Forest Products. Of the 32 letters of intent, the Board invited back and received 10 Capital and Infrastructure Investment area applications with a total request of $626,314 in funds. The Board approved funding for 6 projects from 5 counties for a total of $317,400 in grants (4 agriculture projects and 2 forestry projects), leveraging over $1.3 million in matching funds.

 

4 Agriculture Grant Recipients

Caledonia County

  • Vermont Soy, Hardwick | $25,000 to purchase an automated tofu tray sealing unit to ensure a safer food product by minimizing the potential for contaminants in the packaging process

Chittenden

  • Maple Wind Farm, Richmond | $67,400 for upgrades including a blast chiller for poultry, increased freezer capacity, processing equipment, and for a small retail building for their agri-tourism operation

Franklin

  • Scott Magnan’s Custom Service, St. Albans | $25,000 for equipment expansion for agriculture and soil health by planting no-till crops by upgrading a John Deere planter, and purchasing a Vertical tillage tank mounted manure injector that would be new to the region

Windham

  • Harlow Farm, Westminster | $50,000 for the purchase of a vacuum cooler, upgrading loading docks, creation of additional storage, and additional ice making capacity to improve shipping and storage

2 Forestry Grant Recipients

Washington County

  • Vermont Greenwood Resources, Co., Waterbury | $75,000 to add chipping capacity and to develop a pulpwood concentration yard to capture additional value from harvested wood products
  • Winterwood Timber Frames, LLC, East Montpelier | $75,000 for infrastructure upgrades for a bioregional wood building-material product line, including two dehumidifying kilns, a three phase power grid, an outdoor wood-waste burning boiler system and signage for the showroom