BFRDP Projects

Accelerating Farmland Access in Vermont
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $546,386
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Ela Chapin
Organization: Vermont Housing & Conservation Board


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Project Overview

VHCB’s Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, the Intervale Center, and the Vermont Land Trust partnered to deliver a coordinated, proactive approach to accelerate access to land and growth of viable businesses for Vermont’s next generation of farmers. With funding from BFRDP, we supported 205 farmers to improve their business, access land, or transfer their farm to new ownership.

We provided individualized one-on-one technical assistance to farmers, on business planning, land assessment, land access/land transfer, and accessing financing. We tailored our services to meet farmers where they were at, accelerating their early stage growth into viable commercial enterprises, and providing retiring farmers with transfer planning and assistance identifying buyers. This project helped to increase business management and land access skills among new and beginning farmers, and resulted in 62 new & beginning farmers accessing land, 47 utilizing affordable financing tools, and 40 successful farm transfers from exiting farmers to new ownership. An additional 11 beginning farmers were in the process of accessing land at the time of reporting, and are expected to successfully complete ownership transfer in 2021.

An important aspect of this project has been the development of new affordable financing tools at the Vermont Land Trust, including the new $15 million Farmland Futures Fund, which will help 200 farms transition to new ownership and enhance their economic and environmental sustainability in the next ten years. 

Number of Participants: 205


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