VHCB’s Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Awards $264,169 for Water Quality Improvements on Dairy Farms

Funding for the Water Quality Grants comes from the State of Vermont’s Capital Construction and Bonding Act. Vermont farmers with a gross farm income of $15,000 or more are eligible to apply for up to $40,000 from the grant program. The deadline for the next round of Viability Program grants is February 21, 2018.  For more information, visit the website:  www.vhcb.org/viability.

Water Quality Grant Awards:
Melanie and Patrick Harrison, Harrison’s Homegrown, Addison
$25,000 for a bedded pack heifer barn with a runoff collection system

Richard H. and Richard J. Hulett, Stonebroke Farm, Pawlet
$25,000 for a bedded pack heifer barn with a leachate collection system

James Jones, Jones Farm, Craftsbury
$39,469 for heifer barn manure storage and fencing at stream crossings

Jennifer and Jesse Lambert, Lambert Farm, Washington
$10,000 for a milk house wastewater improvement project

Ramsay and Caroline Mellish, Standard Milk, Cornwall
$35,000 for a water quality and manure management project

Patrick and Karen O’Donnell, O’Donnell Farm, Westfield
$14,200 for manure injection equipment to reduce runoff from nutrient application 

Justin & Angeline Poulin, Poulin & Daughters Family Farm, Brookfield
$10,500 for two manure storage facilities

Caleb & Jessie Smith, Dorset Peak Jerseys, Danby
$40,000 for a covered barnyard & free stall barn, year round manure storage, and associated pumping & transfer facilities

Ron Sweet, Jr., Bedrock Farm, St. Albans
$25,000 for a wastewater & manure storage farmstead project
Chris & Annie Wagner, Green Dream Farm, Franklin
$40,000 for a covered barnyard area and bedded pack heifer barns with a runoff collection system 

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program provides business planning, technical assistance, and ownership transfer planning to farm, food, forestry, and forest products businesses. For more information about the program please visit the Viability Program website: www.vhcb.org/viability or call Liz Gleason, Program Manager, at 828-3370.