2015 Service Provider Investments

Service Provider Investment Recipients

The Working Lands Enterprise Board received a total of 41 Service Provider Letters of Intent for a total of $ 1,932,633; 32 Agriculture, 8 Forestry/Forest Products, 1 Ag and Forestry. The Board invited back and received 13 full applications for a total request of $617,196.22 in funds. The Board approved funding for 10 projects from 5 counties for a total of $418,716 in grants (6 agriculture projects and 4 forestry projects), leveraging almost $300,000 in matching funds.

Service Provider Grantees
(6) Agriculture and (4) Forestry Grant Recipients

Chittenden County

Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition, Middlebury
$33,219 to start a pilot program working with individual farmers to develop and carry out Crop Management Implementation Plans

University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Burlington
$21,049 to help new Americans establish market presence with a comprehensive market survey, farmer-buyer meetings, marketing education, and educational resources for buyers and farmers

Statewide Impact

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier
$100,000 to strengthen the business acumen of forest sector entrepreneurs by engagement in business development workshops, and  in-depth, one-on-one business advising and coaching

Cold Hollow Career Center, Enosburg
$53,244 to build operator capacity for use with cut-to-length (CTL) harvesting system in Vermont’s northern forest by purchasing simulator systems and exposing students around Vermont to these systems through hands-on training

Vermont State Colleges and Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, Randolph
$39,700 for  innovative engineering technical assistance that provides a concentrated learning experience

Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, Rutland
$50,000 for innovation assistance and workforce development for wood manufacturers by use of communications and one-on-one assistance to help enhance the industry’s competitiveness in the global marketplace

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Vermont, Richmond
$38,361 for collaboration that will grow new farmers in Vermont by expanding two agricultural workforce development programs

Intervale Center, Burlington
$20,130 to develop and implement workshops and technical assistance for farmers seeking land to lease or purchase

University of Vermont Extension, Burlington
$40,593 for development of commercial elderberry production, including an enterprise feasibility analysis, a grower coop feasibility assessment and on farm training workshops

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association, South Royalton
$22,500 for marketing assistance to modern and web based consumers, including conference workshops, webinars, and one-on-one technical assistance

Contact Information

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