Funding boost for some Vermont farms growing specialty crops

Published: Oct. 12, 2022 at 7:46 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2022 at 5:27 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Some Vermont farms that grow specialty foods are getting a funding boost.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets says specialty foods can be honey, maple, hops, mushrooms or fruits and veggies.

The new funding is from the USDA.

This year, some of the recipients include Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association and multiple programs at the University of Vermont.

Kristina Sweet with the Vermont Ag Agency says the goal is to have a broad impact on the specialty food sector.

“One of the things you can see with these projects is that they all really affect a group of producers or multiple businesses or a wider industry in Vermont,” Sweet said.

Some of those who got awards focused on how their programs would help the ag agency’s main goal of localizing the food system.

Click here for more on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.