Reimbursement available for organic certification costs

Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets If you paid a fee to receive USDA organic certification between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has funding to reimburse you.

With financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, newly certified or recertified certified organic growers and handlers are eligible for reimbursement.

Reimbursement can be up to 50% of direct certification costs. The maximum reimbursement is $500 per certification scope. The four fields of application are cultivation, breeding, wild cultivation and handling.

Eligible costs include application and inspection fees, organic certification costs, user fees/sales assessments and postage.

The deadline for requesting a refund is November 1. Reimbursement is first come, first served.

Questions? Please contact Terry Smith at [email protected] or 802-828-5667.

Maple 100 Events

Find a Maple 100 event near you

The Vermont Maple 100 is only two weeks away! The Maple 100 is an annual month-long promotion highlighting the hundreds of maple-inspired activities, adventures, and products available throughout Vermont.

Events take place at farms, food businesses, sugar factories, restaurants, lodging establishments and more!

You can see a color coded list of Maple 100 participants here. You can also view a map of each event here.

Find an event near you, support a local business, and explore Vermont’s greatest export!

Maple 100 Events: Sept. 15-Oct. 15th

VAAFM Local Food Data Tracking

Local Food Price Reports

The Agriculture Agency, in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, has a local food data tracking program with weekly reports on meat, produce and egg prices farmers’ market, as well as monthly beef prices.

Whether you are a consumer who buys meat and produce or a producer who sets the price for your produce, the program offers average prices and ranges for a variety of market vegetables, meats and eggs. There are also average prices and ranges for retail and wholesale beef.

The data comes from farmers markets and beef producers in Vermont. It is published on our website.

Check out this great resource here

UVM Extension Maple Business Programs

The University of Vermont offers two educational series offered through the Maple Stewardship Program.

The Fall Webinar Series takes place on Wednesdays from August through October at 7 p.m. ET. These free events cover topics such as succession and transfer planning, financial planning and market development. You can see the descriptions here.

Fall Business Short Courses are multi-session, in-depth courses that include live sessions, activities, and resources. The free courses last four weeks and cover succession and transfer planning and business management. You can see the descriptions here.

Register for webinars and courses here

Raw Dairy Class: Learn How to Make Aged Cheese

Join Rural Vermont at Handspun Cow Education Homestead in Tunbridge for a raw dairy course on making aged cheese.

The class will focus on making an Alpine-style hard cheese using kefir grains for culture. Each participant can take home grains to make their own aged cheese.

The course instructor is Kalyn Campbell, a farmer making and growing her own food and clothing, including anything dairy. She has over 10 years of experience in commercial and home animal milking.

The course is $20-40 per person (sliding scale). Registration is required.

Classes: September 18, 1-4 p.m. ET

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