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2016 Business Investments

Business Investment Grant Recipients

Business Investments are one of two focus areas of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, with grants ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 for new and growing agriculture, forestry, and forest products enterprises. The Business Investment area received 92 applications with a total request of $2.4 million in funds. Twelve businesses were awarded over $334,000, and leveraged over $1.7 million in matching funds with a median match of $30,000 per business.

Business Investment Grantees
(8) Agriculture and (4) Forestry Recipients

Caledonia County

Lynd Farm, So. Walden
$16,250 for developing their sow farrowing business.

Molly Brook Farm, West Danville
$20,000 for an organic transition.

Chittenden County

Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington
$20,000 for a storage barn expansion to capture growth in existing wholesale vegetable markets.

The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop, South Burlington
$29,975.33 for infrastructure to increase safety and efficiency.

Essex County

Kingdom Pellets, East Burke
$50,000 for construction of 30,000 ton super-premium softwood pellet mill.

Orange County

Root 5 Farm, Fairlee
$20,000 for an on-farm processing kitchen, pack house and crop storage renovations.

Orleans County

Tangletown Farm, West Glover
$15,000 for increasing and improving infrastructure for pastured laying hens and egg production.

Rutland County

Southwind Forestry, Pawlet
$20,000 for an excavator for sustainable forest products.

Washington County

Vermont Bean Crafters, Warren
$50,000 for growing the Northeastern staple-foodshed with dry beans.

Wicked Bines/Whitefield Hop Yard, Berlin
$30,000 for a hops harvester and storage.

Windsor County

Calderwood Goat Dairy, Royalton
$13,000 to begin goat dairy.

Renewable Fuels of Vermont, West Windsor
$50,000 for a wood pellet mill finish dryer.