Organic Farmer Educational Grants from UNFI

If you know anyone aspiring to become an organic farmer, be sure to let them know about some exciting news from the UNFI Foundation.

The UNFI Foundation, in partnership with the CCOF Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods and the National Cooperative Grocers Association, will be making grants to future organic farmers in three educational categories in 2014. The categories are:

  • Kindergarten through Eighth Grade: Grants for in-classroom organic projects in California; $1,000 grants available for 10 schools
  • High School: Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally; $1,000 grants available for 10 individuals
  • Vocational and Higher Education: Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally; $2,500 grants available for at least 10 individuals

The world needs organic farmers and organic leaders now more than ever. Please share this opportunity with your networks, friends and family.

For more information, visit: http://www.ccof.org/ccof/structure/ccof-foundation/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund

In Search of Compost

compostRAFFL is looking for a donation of vegetable garden friendly compost to spread on it community education garden. The garden is made up of four beds 4×12 feet and is in need of some good hardy compost to help make this season a big success for all community members who will be learning how grow vegetables for the first time! Any donations or leads would be greatly appreciated! We are open to barters and work exchange. 

If you can help, please get in touch with Elizabeth at elizabeth@rutlandfarmandfood.org or 802-417-1528.

Thanks!

RAFFL is Hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be a full team member focused on our Glean Team program. They will be directly involved in creating programming that helps lower-income individuals increase their consumption of fresh vegetables from local farms.

Key roles include: volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, program evaluation, and public relations. They will receive support and training while working with staff on a daily basis and they will also have the ability to shape and influence our organization and its future.

RAFFL is tied to a number of statewide efforts such as the Vermont Gleaning Collective and the Farm to Plate Network. The VISTA member will be invited to participate in statewide meetings and partnership discussions.

AmeriCorps is a National Service program which offers members an opportunity to make a big difference in their life and in the lives of those around them. It’s a chance to apply skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in Vermont’s communities.

Click here for more info and to apply for the position.

New Farmer Network Survey

As a member of the VT New Farmer Project Team, we’re asking that you please take 5 minutes today to fill out the New Farmer Network’s 2014 survey. Everyone who responds will be eligible to enter a drawing for some great prizes. More about prizes below!

Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GVhb2_2buzcjInYeWGn_2fGOew_3d_3d

Why another survey? Why now?

The Vermont New Farmer Project is approaching the end of its funded programing from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Our team wants to find out what worked for you — and what hasn’t to make sure that future efforts can be as effective as possible. Given the competitiveness of grant funding for new farmer programs, it is crucial to get feedback about the impact these programs are having on your development as a farmer and your farm plans.

You received this email because you have participated in some aspect of the Vermont New Farmer Project:

  • signed up for our newsletter or blog,
  • met with a farm business consultant,
  • attended a workshop or class,
  • participated in the CRAFT based apprenticeship program,
  • watched a webinar.

Or maybe you just emailed us a request for information. There are lots of ways we’re making information and resources available to new farmers.

Vermont New Farmer Project programming is being delivered by multiple organizations– including the the Association of Africans living in Vermont, Intervale Center, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, UVM Extension and Vital Communities. If you already responded to a similar request from one of our project partners, Thank you!There is no need to fill out another survey.

Prize Information!

Everyone who fills out the survey will have a chance to win some great prizes. We will randomly select 2 people every week until June 15 to win their choice of farmer magazine subscriptions, books, soil tests and more. If you don’t win the first week’s drawing, you’ll automatically be entered in the next week’s and so on. So, don’t delay! The sooner you fill out the survey, the more chances you’ll have to win.

We value your feedback. It helps us know how we’re doing and how we can shape future programming to meet your needs.

Thanks!

The VT New Farmer Project Team

Please note: If you do not wish to receive further emails from us, please click the link below, and you will be automatically removed from our mailing list. https://www.surveymonkey.com/optout.aspx?sm=GVhb2_2buzcjInYeWGn_2fGOew_3d_3d

Red Clover Inn Seeks Line Cook

Full time line cook/sous chef position available at the Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT. The Red Clover Inn is a fine dining establishment with an unpretentious attitude committed to using fresh & local Vermont ingredients. Experience is a plus however, our young chef is willing to train the right candidate. The optimal applicant will be a hardworking, team player with a genuine passion for food.

CONTACT INFO: chefcolin.redcloverinn@gmail.com

54 Red Clover Lane, Mendon VT 05701

(802)775-2290

www.redcloverinn.com

Mortgage Lifter for Small Farms

Beekman 1802 is offering four ‘lifts’ for small farms with big ideas sponsored by money they’ve raised in the last year selling their pasta sauces. Pass the opportunity to win $10,000 or other mini-’lifts’ on to small farmers you know.

Applications are due April 22nd, 2014 and winners will be announced April 29thLearn more or fill out an application profile online. 

New Loans available for Veggie Packing & Storage Sheds

From the New England Farmers Union most recent newsletter:

“New England’s small and mid-sized, diversified farms now have funding options for vegetable packing sheds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a recently announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The changes will be important for those who need to upgrade facilities and equipment to comply with FDA’s new food safety rules that go into effect in 2015. …
The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for fruits and vegetables.”

For more info:
http://www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/whats-new/e-news/

Or contact the Vermont FSA agency:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=vt&area=home&subject=landing&topic=landing