At NOFA Vermont, we are passionate about increasing the access of local, organic food to all Vermonters, while at the same time supporting the farmers that grow this food. As a function of this mission, we are happy to offer the Vermont Farm Share Program each summer and fall. Applications for the 2015 summer season are now available (MS Word doc).
The Vermont Farm Share Program is a cost-share program that offers financial support to Vermont households with limited incomes who want to purchase a CSA share from Vermont Organic Certified and/or NOFA-VT member farms. Many people lack the financial flexibility to afford the required up-front cost. In 2014, over 180 families were able to enjoy a season’s worth of produce as a direct result of the Farm Share program.
As a condition of the program, accepted participants are expected to pay 50% of the share cost. The Vermont Farm Share Program relies on collaboration and community support to fund the other half of the share cost. Funds are raised through our statewide annual fundraiser called Share the Harvest, through grants, and from individual donations.
In the end, the program is truly a community effort, with many hands supporting the cost of the subsidies. We welcome any contributions you are able to make to the Farm Share fund to enable us to provide more shares to limited-income Vermonters.
Interested in supporting the Vermont Farm Share Program? Make a charitable contribution today.