Vermont Farm Fund - Emergency and Innovation Agricultural Loans

Pete Johnson from Pete's Greens started the Vermont Farm FundFamily-owned and certified organic, Stony Pond Farm applied for a VFF loan to bring their cash flow back in line with an aggressive innovation plan.Jericho Settlers Farm received an Emergency Loan from the VFF after Tropical Storm IreneScout's Honor Ice Cream received an innovation loan from the Vermont Farm FundSweet Rowen Farmstead received an Emergency Loan from the Vermont Farm Fund after a fire broke out at their processing facilityMap of Vermont Farm Fund Loan Recipients
Pete Johnson
Though still recovering financially from their own disaster, Pete’s Greens paid forward a large sum of the donations they had received into the new Vermont Farm Fund.
Stony Pond Farm
Family-owned and certified organic, Stony Pond Farm applied for a VFF loan to bring their cash flow back in line with an aggressive innovation plan.
Jericho Settlers Farm
When the rain from tropical storm Irene unexpectedly caused the Winooski to rise, it put the farm's livestock in peril and decimated their root crop harvest.
Scout's Honor Ice Cream
When they were ready to expand their sales channels, Scout's Honor's owners turned to the Vermont Farm Fund for an Innovation Loan.
Sweet Rowen Farmstead
An Emergency Loan helped build a new creamery on family land after a freak fire destroyed their leased bottling facility.
Our Borrowers
Vermont Farm Fund loans have supported farms and food producers across the state, helping to build the agricultural economy.
It Began With a Barn Fire. . .

The VFF was inspired by the outpouring of support Pete's Greens received after the farm's barn burned to the ground in January 2011. Read more >>

Lending for a New Economy

The Vermont Farm Fund is a program of The Center for an Agricultural Economy. In partnership with Pete's Greens, we provide no-hassle, friendly-term loans to Vermont farmers and food producers. A true revolving loan fund, as the community of recipients pays back their loans, funds are replenished for the next cycle of borrowers.

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I don't know what we would have done after Irene without the VFF loan. Having the money fast and being able to make our first payment 12 months later really helped us get back on our feet.
Aaron Locker, Kingsbury Farm


LU LU ARTISAN ICE CREAM artisan ice cream is a small batch, hand-crafted ice cream business founded in Bristol in 2012 with a "farm to spoon" mission. A Business Builder loan from the VFF allowed to purchase a blast freezer. This equipment allows them to freeze the ice cream product to -30 degrees in 3-4 hours.
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Phelan O'Connor and Kelsey Chandler, owners of Pigasus Meats


Pigasus Meats is a diversified livestock operation in South Hero, VT raising pork and eggs. A Business Builder loan from the VFF helped Pigasus build out infrastructure for their new flock of 2,000 layer hens.
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The Center for an Agricultural Economy VFF Partner

Pete's Greens - Vermont Farm Fund Partner