On Friday, July 21st Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman, along with members of the Working Lands Enterprise Board, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture Staff toured three different businesses in Vermont for their annual site visits. The three businesses that were toured were:
·Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, VT
- $20,000 grant to expand the storage barn to capture growth in existing wholesale vegetable markets.
- The funds were used to cover the costs of more efficient mechanical systems for heating, cooling, and ventilation.
Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne, VT
- $7250 grant to build a washpack structure.
- The structure serves as a kitchen for on-farm events and educational programs. This creates a food safety protocol for vegetable production, increases vegetable production and helps Bread & Butter Farm be in line with the FSMA rules that are starting to roll out.
·Green Mountain Grain & Barrel in Richmond, VT
- $50,000 grant to purchase stave jointer equipment that will increase stave production by 500%
- Green Mountain Grain & Barrel uses local white oak to build the barrels, and is currently selling the barrels to Vermont distilleries.
The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has:
· Funded 148 Agriculture and Forestry Projects
· Distributed Over $4.4 Million in Working Lands Funds
· Leveraged $8.6 Million in Matching Funds
· Impacted all 14 Vermont Counties
To learn more about other Working Lands Enterprise Initiative projects, or to learn more about the initiative, check out our website: http://workinglands.vermont.gov/successtories
Or contact Noelle Sevoian at (802)585-9072