Farm First is a free, Vermont-based program providing farmers and their families with support, resources and information to reduce stress. We can help connect you to resources, including technical, legal or financial assistance, as well as to a counselor or trained peer. You don't have to be alone with your challenges. We're good listeners and can help you address the challenges you face. We're here to help.
The Farm First Peer Network is a group of farmers who have been trained in listening skills and accessing resources, and are available to talk-through anything a farmer might be going through. To connect with a peer, send an email to EvaG@farmfirst.org.
Learn about our our new FREE Well-being checkup. We'll pay you $100 to participate!! [See news story below for details]
Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development is now taking applications for grants through the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program!
$1 million in this funding is intended for agricultural businesses, including farms and on-farm processing businesses. Visit the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets website for more information specific to agricultural applicants for this relief grant.
To access the application portal, as well as a recorded webinar, a frequently asked questions page, contact information, and more: click "Read More" below to go the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program page on the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development site.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is requesting information from farms, agricultural businesses, and service and non-profit organizations to understand the overall impact of this natural disaster.
The purpose of this survey is to, as accurately as possible, capture the type and scale of the damage agricultural producers suffered throughout the state. Survey data will be used to inform response efforts, effectively allocate resources, and advocate for future relief and recovery programs.
If you are a business, organization, or individual that raises animals and/or grows feed or crops for anyone beyond your immediate family, we kindly request that you fill out this survey. It should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until August 28th.