The COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting State of Emergency in Vermont has had a major impact on our farmers and our food system. In response to this urgent need, we launched the VLT COVID-19 Farm Relief & Recovery Grants Program to support farmers operating on conserved land.
These grants were for farmers in crisis as well as those adapting their business operations because of the pandemic. Dealing with market shifts, price declines, new distribution channels, adding technology like websites and e-commerce sites, changed employee management necessities, new food safety protocols—all this comes at great cost to farmers, especially when changes have to be made at lightning speed.
We are hugely grateful to the Lookout Foundation and Beatrice Birkin Thomas and James Thomas for seeding this program.
As of October 6, 2020, we are no longer accepting applications.