The Vermont Agricultural Development Program (VADP) is actively seeking existing Vermont-based agricultural enterprises with at least $250,000 in gross sales that are expanding their market presence and could benefit from assistance in preparing growth-stage operational plans and obtaining the right match of capital for their growth. Although a Program Director has not yet been hired, Nancy Wasserman of Sleeping Lion Associates will be working with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) and the Farm Viability Program at VHCB to help identify and pre-screen potential applicants.
Once selected, clients will be matched with appropriate staff, consultants, peer advisors and/or mentors (which could include VT-SBDC staff) needed to help these agricultural businesses find the right match of capital needed to take their business to the next stage of growth.
Eligible applicants include value-added producers, processors and distributors of Vermont-grown food and fiber and agricultural infrastructure businesses such as cheese aging, on- or off-farm processing, composting, marketing or distribution. If you know of a business or entrepreneur that could benefit from VADP services, please let us know and feel free to pass on this VADP Expression of Interest Form along to them.
To learn more about this new program, please visit http://www.vsjf.org/project-details/18/vermont-agriculture-development-program.
Ellen Kahler, Executive Director Janice St. Onge, Deputy Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
(802) 828-5320 (802) 828-0398
The VADP is jointly managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Farm Viability Enhancement Program. Funding support for this new program is provided by the Vermont Agriculture Innovation Center (made possible through the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy), the Castanea Foundation, the High Meadows Fund, the John Merck Fund, the State of Vermont, and the VT Housing & Conservation Board.