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2015 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. The Enterprise Investment area received 59 applications for a total request of $923,404 in funds, and invested $273,844 in 20 projects (6 forestry projects and 14 agriculture projects), which leveraged $250,000 in matching funds.

Enterprise Investment Grantees
(14) Agriculture and (6) Forestry Grant Recipients

Addison County

Meeting Place Pastures, Cornwall
$13,902 for grazing infrastructure , forage, and fertility improvements to provide custom grazing services

Vermont Tree Goods, Bristol
$20,000 for equipment in a new production facility that utilizes an innovative sawmill design to create product from salvage/cull grade logs

Caledonia County

Kingdom Creamery of Vermont, East Hardwick
$15,872 to purchase a fluid milk bottling line, packaging, and marketing collateral

Tamarlane Farm, Lyndonville
$20,000 for the installation of an aerated static pile system for the composting facility

Walden Heights Nursery, Walden
$12,600 to expand production and distribution of cider and juices by purchasing and installing a pasteurizer

Vermont Table Company, East Burke
$8,922 for an Epilog Laser Engraving Machine to bring engraving in-house

Chittenden County

Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne
$7,250 to build a washpack and processing kitchen for vegetable production, on farm events, and educational programs

Essex County

Peaslee’s Vermont Potatoes, Guildhall
$20,000 for facility upgrades to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification

Timber Gardens, LLC, East Haven
$20,000 to purchase a firewood processor

Lamoille County

Sandiwood Farm, Wolcott
$9,950 to build a production greenhouse designed for events

Torrani Studio Craft, LLC, Eden Mills
$5,000 for machinery to expand its cookware product line

Orange County

Shire Beef, LLC, Vershire
$7,100 to purchase a compost tea brewing set and a skid-based pickup truck transportable sprayer to increase soil biological activity and retained carbon

Orleans County

Vermont Hay Company, Orleans
$10,000 for working capital and a used trailer

Rutland County

Laughing Child Farm, Pawlet
$20,000 for a sweet potato curing and storage facility to cure, store, and wash organic sweet potatoes

Washington County

Ploughgate Creamery, Fayston
$20,000 for renovations to begin dairy operations

Ogelby Woodworks, Waterbury
$5,000 for equipment to open an independent shop

Vermont Wildwoods, Marshfield
$20,000 for creation of the first commercial wood spalting chamber

Windham County

Wild Carrot Farm, Brattleboro
$12,375 for production and sales facility to help meet the growing needs of a modern horse-powered farm

Windsor County

Green Mountain Sugar House, Ludlow
$15,872 to build a remote sap and pump house

Windgate Farm, West Windsor
$10,000 to build facilities to develop a beef finishing program