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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.


Rutland-Bennington CRAFT

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) seeks to educate farm workers who are interested in becoming farmers themselves by providing a diversity of on-farm educational experiences throughout the season.

CRAFT gatherings are held monthly from May – October on participating farms in Rutland and Bennington Counties.  Each gathering includes a farm tour, workshop, and potluck dinner. Participants learn about a diversity of farm topics and farm systems, have the opportunity to network with other apprentices, interns, and farm workers in the region, and meet other CRAFT farmers.  In addition, all participants receive a resource manual with in-depth information on each topic and Vermont’s network of new farmer services.

2016 Topics

Greenhouse Propagation ∙ Grazing & Raw Milk ∙ Compost & Soils ∙ Crop Planning ∙ Hillside Farming ∙ Irrigation ∙
Small-scale Diversified Agriculture ∙

2016 Participating Farms

Alchemy Gardens  ∙ Breezy Meadow Orchards
Boardman Hill FarmEarth Sky Time Community FarmEvening Song FarmHarmony Homestead FarmLarson Farm
Merck Forest & Farmland CenterSomeday Farm
Quill Hill Farm ∙ Yoder Farm

2017 Topics

To be announced in March 2017! Please check back here soon!

Questions? Want to be a participating farmer or apprentice?  Contact Mara at or 417-7096.

CRAFT is brought to you by RAFFL & NOFA-VT with funding from the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative.