2019 Business Investments

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.

Addison 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.

Caledonia County

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.

Chittenden County

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.

Orleans County

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.

Windham County

Rebop Farm, LLC

$25,000 for new farm store infrastructure.

Windsor County

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.

Rutland County

Gagnon Lumber, Inc.

$120,000 for extending three-phase power to the Gagnon sawmill in Pittsford, replacing diesel generation with grid power.

Contact Information

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