When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, Kara and Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm made radical changes to their business: they canceled their farmers markets for the season, developed an online store, and adjusted their field maps to meet the demands of a larger volume of CSA sales.
The Agency of Agriculture received the final appropriation for agricultural support on June 26, 2020 via Senate Bill 351, which was signed into law today as H656. This bill includes financial assistance for many agriculture sectors. Read more to understand how the Agency of Agriculture will be administering these payments.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) announced Wednesday that two Vermont-based entities, the Abbey Group and Willing Hands, have secured extended contracts through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue the delivery of food boxes throughout this summer through the end of August.
This may not be the summer we expected or hoped for, but it can still be a great summer. We will miss the chance for agricultural exhibitors, commercial vendors, and non-profit organizations to show us their products, practices, and livelihood. They are an essential part of maintaining Vermont’s working landscape.