About the Initiative

Over 97 percent of Vermonters value the working landscape.  The “working landscape” consists of agriculture, food system, forestry, and forest product based businesses.  Approximately 20 percent of Vermont’s land is used for agricultural purposes and 75 percent as forestry. The backbone of Vermont’s heritage and economic viability is the working landscape.  The 2012 Legislative session brought with it a renewed commitment to Vermonter’s values by passing the Working Lands Enterprise initiative for the management and investment of $1 million into agricultural and forestry based businesses.