Business Investment Recipients
Business investments are one of two focus areas of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. Grants in 2019 ranged from about $15,000 to $150,000 for new and growing agriculture, forestry, and forest products enterprises. Over $650,000 was awarded cumulatively to these businesses.
Business Investment Grantees
Shown below according to county.
Agricola Farm, LLC
$50,000 for Vermont-cured Agricola meats.
Footprint Farm, LLC
$14,700 for increasing capacity for wintertime produce storage and delivery.
Karim Farm and Creamery
$20,000 for increasing production and expanding cheese cave for aging.
Kirby Mulch Company, LLC
$130,000 for producing high-quality mulch and soil blends from wood by-products for use in horticulture, landscape, roadside construction, and residential applications, as well as processing kiln-dried firewood.
Bread & Butter Farm, LLC
$20,000 for expansion from bakery to restaurant; "true farm-to-table experience."
Fisher Brothers Farm
$20,000 for purchasing 44-quart commercial batch freezing allowing further expansion of production capacity for farm-to-cone Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream.
K.J. Pratt Logging and Tree Service, LLC
$15,000 for keeping local wood delivered to local residents.
Ardelia Farm & Co.
$19,910 for increasing yields via high-tunnel humidity control to minimize botrytis damage in cut sweet pea flowers.
Five Generations Farmstead Creamery
$150,000 for building a new, state-of-the-art, on-farm creamery in which, over a four-year period, milk will be processed into cheese.
Rebop Farm, LLC
$25,000 for new farm store infrastructure.
Beaver Meadow Consulting
$23,600 for evaluating the scalability of an economically-beneficial milk production model to include many dairy farms operating within an existing cooperative and coordination with a larger Vermont cheese company to test whether other smaller cheesemaking companies would be willing to purchase milk at a price that is economically-sustainable for the dairy farmer.
Rockledge Farm Woodworks
$25,000 for woodenwares production expansion and marketing.
Gagnon Lumber, Inc.
$120,000 for extending three-phase power to the Gagnon sawmill in Pittsford, replacing diesel generation with grid power.