Since the program started in 2003, over 600 farms have taken advantage of our services to make their businesses more economically sustainable. Once a farm business is matched with an adviser, or team of advisers, whose skills are a good fit for the farm's needs, the farmer and business advisers conduct on-farm meetings for approximately one year. Together, they can also explore possible management and enterprise changes that could increase profitability. This process produces a written business plan for the farm, and in the second year of participation, farmers are provided with additional technical assistance and help updating their plans.
Occasionally, we announce that additional funds are available to be awarded as implementation grants. At these times, farms that have successfully completed our 2-year business planning program are then eligible to apply for our competitive farm implementation grants.
Farm Business Advising
Stories from our work
Sweet Rowen Farm, West Glover
“Buying land is one of the most difficult hurdles for new farmers. We were fortunate to work with VLT to secure a farm to own and grow our business. With land of our own it will be easier to plan for the future.” — Paul Lisai