Managing Pasture for Healthy Farms and Soils Across Vermont

On-farm trials to be conducted with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant for soil health.

Vermont farmers have an essential role to play in reducing climate change. Some farming practices can sequester carbon and keep it out of the atmosphere where it contributes to climate change. The practices also support better wildlife habitat and cleaner water.

Funding Available for Farmers

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for Vermont farmers interested in soil health. The challenge farmers face in improving soil health is how to be profitable while making significant changes to farming practices, and also how to know which practices are worth the investment.

That’s why the Vermont Land Trust has partnered with Bio-Logical Capital and the University of Vermont on a Conservation Innovation Grant funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This five-year research project will provide direct payments to farmers who agree to implement farming practices that improve soil health.

Data collected during the project will provide the first rigorous, state-wide evaluation of these practices and their ecological, social, and financial outcomes. 

Interested farmers can learn more and apply to participate below.

Learn more

Learn more about how the project will study soil health practices on farms.

Find out more in our Project Summary

Why is this project important? What kinds of farms can participate? Who are the partners? Find answers to these and other questions in our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested applicants who have questions are encouraged to attend informational webinars via Zoom. Please register in advance.

Register for March 24 at 5 pm

Interested applicants who have questions are encouraged to attend informational webinars via Zoom. Please register in advance.

Register for March 26 at 12 noon

We have begun recruiting farmer participants in February 2021. Click below for the online application form.

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Applications are Now Being Accepted 

We have begun recruiting farmers in February 2021. Click below for the online application form. 


We will continue to update this webpage, so please check back for more updates. If you have questions, please contact Maggie Donin at (802) 861-6555. 

This work is supported by the Conservation Innovation Grants program at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.