Welcome Farmers

This is a great time to be farming and the Upper Valley is a great place to farm. Valley Food & Farm is here to help our Upper Valley farms thrive.  We provide marketing assistance, sales opportunities, advising, and education. Read below and get in touch to see how we can help you grow.

Resources to Help Farmers with Labor Issues

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Learn from Other Farmers!

See what other Upper Valley farmers have tried to solve the challenge of finding and keeping labor. We’ve asked and surveyed dozens of farmers and here is what they said:

What Works!

Things We Tried that Didn’t Work…

UV Farm Job Directory

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Looking for a place to advertise for farm labor?

Vital Communities just launched a farm labor focused job directory as part of a Northeast SARE Partnership grant that is designed to help farms hire and retain farm staff.

The UV Farm Job Directory is FREE and EASY to use.
 
1 Easy Step:
  1. Create a help wanted advertisement in the market section of dailyuv.com
How it Works:
We are using dailyuv.com‘s website to host this new virtual job directory. There is a news page on the site that has helpful information on what to expect from a farm job, the benefits of working on a farm, and the positions available. It will also include basic information about the farms looking for labor.
Farmers create a free help wanted ad on the daily.uv site for the position(s) you are hiring for (go to dailyuv.com/market and click on “SELL”, you will be asked to set up an account (join now), then create your ad). Once your ad is created, I will add a link from the main job directory page to your specific farm ad, so that someone can click to your ad if they want to learn the details about the position(s) open at your farm.
We are running catchy, paid advertisements throughout the dailyuv site and in the Valley News that points prospective workers to the main job directory page to create traffic to the page, and sharing this with all of the potential sources of local labor like the vo-techs, VTC, Sterling College, state DOE offices, Facebook, etc.
List Your Farm Job Here

Farmers – Lets Talk Labor!

Finding and retaining quality farm labor is a challenge many of you face. Lack of skilled labor is affecting production, sales, and profits for Upper Valley farms.

With Northeast SARE funding, Vital Communities is partnering with farmers to find solutions.

We need farmers to share their labor practices by answering 20 questions.

The information we collect from this survey will be compiled and shared with farmers. From these benchmarks, you will learn how other farms are successfully finding labor, compare pay rates and benefits, and other best practices. Scroll down for our growing suggestions for where to post job listings and useful labor management resources.

 

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The Labor Side

We also need to hear from farm staff! Share where you look for jobs, why you chose a particular farm, and what is important to you.

Farm workers – please take a few minutes to share your experiences.

We are also working to increase the connection between potential labor sources (ag high school programs, VTC, CRAFT programs, 4H, Sterling, etc.) and farmers with an online farm-focused job directory to be tested  during the 2017 season. Stay tuned for details.

Questions?
Nancy@VitalCommunities.org
802.291.9100 x106

How we can help: Farmer Resources

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Upper Valley CRAFT

Farm staff visit 10 farms around the Valley.

Learn More  >

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Farmer Advising

Advising with a particular focus on newer and future farmers.

Learn More  >

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Explore resources

Farmer resources from VT, NH and more.

Learn More  >

How we can help: Marketing

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Flavors of the Valley

Meet 800 customers at our annual Local Foods Expo in April.

Learn More  >

Resources

Valley Food & Farm Guide

List your food business in the Valley Food & Farm Guide- for free.

Learn More  >

workplace

Workplace Markets

Deliver your products to Upper Valley businesses.

Learn More  >

school

Farm to School Network

Connect with your local school with the Upper Valley Farm to School Network.

Learn More >

New Farmer Advising

Learn More
Valley Food & Farm staff are able to help with your specific situation or question. We work with farmers who are in the dreaming/planning stage, just starting out, and/or growing their farm business.

Valley Food & Farm News

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

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Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.



How we can help: Farmer Resources

Farm-Worker-Learning-Collaborative-Luna-Bleu-033-300x225

Upper Valley CRAFT

Farm staff visit 10 farms around the Valley.

Learn More  >

handout

Farmer Advising

Advising with a particular focus on newer and future farmers.

Learn More  >

3 9 07 006 Tailgait Farms, 2008 (54)

Explore resources

Farmer resources from VT, NH and more.

Learn More  >

How we can help: Marketing

UV.Flavors.icon

Flavors of the Valley

Meet 800 customers at our annual Local Foods Expo in April.

Learn More  >

Resources

Valley Food & Farm Guide

List your food business in the Valley Food & Farm Guide- for free.

Learn More  >

workplace

Workplace Markets

Deliver your products to Upper Valley businesses.

Learn More  >

school

Farm to School Network

Connect with your local school with the Upper Valley Farm to School Network.

Learn More >

New Farmer Advising

Learn More
Valley Food & Farm staff are able to help with your specific situation or question. We work with farmers who are in the dreaming/planning stage, just starting out, and/or growing their farm business.

Valley Food & Farm News

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Calendar

June 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Trek to Taste
4
5
6
7
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10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.