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.
- 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 ; and
- Have enrolled in the Vermont Produce Portal.
How to Apply
This funding opportunity closed on January 31, 2019. To be notified of future grant rounds, enroll in the Produce Portal.
To learn more about the most recent grant round, download the Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP).
To date, the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program has awarded $208,000 in grants to 30 Vermont farms. Read the 2018 Produce Safety Improvement Grant Impact Report.
 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.