2013 Enterprise Investments

Enterprise Investment Recipients

Enterprise Investments are one of three areas of the Working Lands Initiative, with grants ranging from $3,000 - $20,000 for small and emerging agriculture, forestry, and forest products enterprises. 

Enterprise Investment Grantees
(20) Agriculture and Forestry Grant Recipients

Addison County

Andrew Bojanowski of Eddy Farm Shiitake, Middlebury
$3,000 for “Infrastructure improvements to the current log laying yard to facilitate increased production and efficiency”

Sam Burr, Eugenie Doyle, and Silas Doyle-Burr of The Last Resort Farm, Bristol
$15,000 to “Install a thermostatically controlled water flow system to optimize trout and strawberry aquaponic production”

Ross Conrad of Dancing Bee Gardens, Middlebury
$6,000 to “Build an un-insulated barn for honey production, beekeeping courses and small scale mushroom growing”

Bennington County

Jay Wilson and Cody Hall of Green Mountain Logging and Landscape Management, Rupert
$8,000 for “Equipment for logging woodlots”

Steve Holman of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, Dorset
$10,000 for a “Comprehensive marketing plan to increase sales for member businesses”

Caledonia County

Joel Currier of Currier Forest Products, Danville
$12,000 to “Purchase a small kiln to support NEK wood based businesses”

Shirley Richardson of Vermont Chevon, LLC, Danville
$10,000 for “Market research and tactical marketing plan development”

Chittenden County

Karen Freudenberger of Vermont Goat Collaborative, Colchester
$10,868 for a “New American custom exempt goat slaughter facility”

Adam Hausmann of Adam's Berry Farm, Charlotte
$10,000 for a “Walk-in refrigerator and freezer”

Bruce Hennessey of Maple Wind Farm, Richmond
$15,000 for an “Inspected poultry processing facility”

Nick Rosato of The Sculpted Tree, Winooski
$5,629 for “Equipment for wood turning and classes”

Franklin County

Alexander Hudak of A.S. Hudak Lumber and Logging, Swanton
$11,406 for a “CSA model where milled wood consumers (woodworkers, carpenters, etc.) could become member investors in the mill”

Robert and Elizabeth Lesnikoski of Vermont Cranberry Company, Fletcher
$15,000 for “Capital for press building, freezer space and a solar drying facility to increase production of cranberry juice and dried cranberries”

George van Vlaanderen of Does' Leap, LLC, Bakersfield
$6,103 for “Increased pork production and sausage processing infrastructure to both raise more pigs on pasture and increase sausage production”

Orange County

Sean Dalton of Timberhomes, LLC, Vershire
$12,000 to “Develop natural Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) made with Vermont timber & agricultural resources”

Orleans County

Paul Lisai of Sweet Rowen Farmstead, LLC, West Glover
$15,000 for “200 gallon pasteurizer to quadruple production capacity of milk”

Rutland County

Patricia Norton of Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse (KNSH), Shrewsbury
$9,900 to “Convert the sugarbush to use a high vacuum gravity tubing system”

Washington County

Susan Alexander of The Vermont Switchel Company, LLC, Cabot
$15,000 for “Bottling and capping equipment”

Joe Buley of Screamin' Ridge Farm: Joe's Soups and Joe's CSA, Montpelier
$15,000 to “Purchase equipment that will boost production capability and efficiency of Joe’s Soups”

Windham County

Kelt and Kristina Naylor of Sidehill Farm, Brattleboro
$15,000 for “New equipment and frozen storage capacity to expand product line and increase cost-competiveness”

Contact Information

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620
(802) 622-4477
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