UVM Extension and partners are launching an exciting and innovative new program to support young farmers, ages 14-21. It is the Vermont Youth Agricultural IDA Program.
The young farmers in the program will save up to $500 of their own money during 2013, which gets matched at a rate of 2:1 or up to $1,000. In 2014, the farmer can use the pot (up to $1,500) as seed capital to purchase items essential to start or further their enterprise. During that year of saving, we provide each participant with 20 hours of customized farm business management, financial literacy and business asset-specific education. The farmers exit the program with an appropriate level of both seed capital and management skills- critical for jump starting or exploring, in real-time, careers in agriculture.
How to sign up:
We are now actively enrolling young farmer participants from all over the state. We encourage anyone interested to apply, and refer potentially interested young farmers or farm families. If anyone has questions, please contact Ali Zipparo at 802 656-9139 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or they can obtain more information and sign up by using the "pre-application" form on the program website at: