Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants

Program Purpose

Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants help Vermont produce growers implement on-farm food safety practices, transition to compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and meet market demands for on-farm food safety.


This grant is available to farms that are subject to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. To be eligible, farms must—
  • Grow, harvest, pack or hold “covered produce” as defined by the Produce Safety Rule;
  • Have annual produce sales, averaged over the past three years, of greater than $27,528 [1]; and
  • Have enrolled in the Vermont Produce Portal.

How to Apply 

Applications are currently closed. Stay tuned for future Produce Safety Improvement Grant opportunities by enrolling your farm in the Vermont Produce Portal

Request For Applications (RFA) Released: November 1, 2019

Application Deadline: December 9, 2019, at 11:59 pm 

Click here to download the most recent Request For Applications (RFA).

Program Impact

To date, the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program has awarded $204,000 in grants to 29 Vermont farms. Read the 2018 Produce Safety Improvement Grant Impact Report

[1] A farm with an average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period of less than $25,000, adjusted for inflation using 2011 as the baseline year for calculating the adjustment, is not covered by the Produce Safety Rule. The average 3-year value for 2016–2018 is $27,528. See FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs for additional information.

Program Contact

Gina Clithero
(802) 585-6225

WebGrants Technical Assistance

Diana Ferguson
(802) 622-4094

Melissa Moon
(802) 828-3828


Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

Vermont Produce Program
(802) 522-3132

Funding for development of this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.