Vermont Produce Program
The Vermont Produce Program is a cross-divisional team within the Agency of Agricultural working to support produce growers in the areas of market development, market access, and produce safety.
All Vermont farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce are encouraged to sign up for the Vermont Produce Portal to access resources including regular policy and news updates on produce safety requirements, the opportunity to request an On-Farm Readiness Review—a voluntary, non-regulatory assessment of a farm’s produce safety readiness prior to inspection—and eligibility to apply for Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants to help pay for on-farm improvements. Access the Produce Portal here.
Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants support Vermont produce growers in implementing on-farm improvements to help prevent or reduce produce safety risks. Click here to see whether the current grant round is accepting applications.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one responsible party from every covered farm receive training under an FDA-recognized curriculum. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course satisfies this requirement. To view upcoming trainings, visit the Produce Safety Alliance.
The Vermont Produce Program's mission is to help to grow Vermont’s produce industry by aiding produce farms of all sizes and stages of development to meet food safety requirements, access markets, and promote public health as sustainable agricultural businesses.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most comprehensive reform of our federal food safety laws in over 70 years. The intent of the law is to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to foodborne illness to preventing it.
Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, honey, maple, hops, Christmas trees and nursery crops.