The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to offer a two-roud grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in each round. This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms. Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), and have average annual produce sales of greater than $25,000 over the past three years. Successful projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants until all funds in the round have been allocated.
The first round of this grant is now closed. Please check back for details on second-round funding opportunities.
Applications for round one are CLOSED. Round-two will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, February 28 at 9 AM. Please check back soon for round-two Request for Proposals.
How to apply
Step 1: Download the Request for Proposals document and review the grant eligibility and submission requirements before applying.
Step 2: Enroll in the Vermont Produce Portal by visiting www.agriculture.vermont.gov/ProduceProgram and click on "Produce Portal."
Step 2: Log onto www.agriculturegrants.vermont.gov to create a user account. This is where you will submit your online application.
Step 3: Plan your project and get ready to submit your application when the round opens on Wednesday, February 28 at 9 AM.
Round One Grantees
A reveiw committee selected to fund the following round one Produce Safety Improvement Grant projects:
- Bread & Butter Farm, LLC to make washpack house improvents and increase produce safety hygiene signage around the farm ($8,664)
- Cate Farm to install a concrete slab and drain in the pack-house and replace existing equipment with stainless steel products ($7,156)
- Dutton Berry Farm to upgrade their washpack facility with concrete flooring and drainage and install equipment with easy-to-clean surfaces ($9,407)
- Hoolie Flats, LLC to upgrade their current washpack facility with drainage, easily cleanable wall panels and cleaning and sanitation equipment ($9,650)
- Last Resort Farm to add an additional cold storage cooler and upgrade existing coolers with temperature and humidity monitoring controls ($10,000)
- Old Soul Farm to enclose their washpack facility to reduce risk of pest intrusion and upgrade the facility with conrete flooring and stainless-steel washing tables ($10,000)
- Pete's Greens Organic Farm to integrate a wash water chiller into the wash line and to install temperature and humidity monitoring systems into cold storage bays of the washpack facility ($9,152)
- Sweetland Farm to add floor drains and roofing to the existing washpack facility ($10,000)
Contact AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov or call (802) 522-3132.