June 2009


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Debra Heleba <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:54:44 -0400
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Hi all,
Wanted to make sure folks know about the Carrot Project. WAgN, Land Link 
Vermont, Intervale, and others in Vermont collaborated with them when 
they conducted their research around access to capital -- see report of 
their findings at
Former Land Link VT participants are among the recipients of their first 
loans, including Charles Currie who was connected with Sally Mole's 
Cedar Hill Farm in Pownal.

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Subject: 	Superheros Receive Microloans
Date: 	Mon, 01 Jun 2009 13:03:24 +0000
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The Carrot Project is thrilled to announce our first microloan 
recipients and to be taking this important step forward in supporting 
our region's small farmers. The Microloan Fund for New England Farmers 
was launched in January 2009, in partnership with Strolling of the 
Heifers and Chittenden Bank. This spring, five farms received microloans 
averaging $8,000. Each farm used the funds for either new equipment or 
capital improvements. Microloan recipients included three Community 
Supported Agriculture projects, a dairy/greenhouse operation, and a goat 
farm that produces fresh cheeses and caramels.

I hope you enjoy reading about our superheroes.

Dorothy Suput
Founder and Executive Director



*Superheroes at Mighty Food Farm*
Mighty Food Farm — it sounds like a place where comic strip superheroes 
would live. In fact, it’s 186 acres in the southwestern Vermont town of 
Pownal, where two everyday farmer-heroes, Lisa MacDougal and Chuck 
Currie, are pursuing their agricultural ideal. They produce an array of 
organic vegetables, eggs, and flowers, feed their neighbors, and protect 
the crucial natural gifts on which that bounty depends.

 From beets to kohlrabi to tomatoes, the Mighty Farmers cultivate a 
dozen acres of vegetables. On another dozen acres, they raise 200 laying 
hens on a combination of pasture grasses and grain. Twice a day the 
farmers move the mobile coops to fresh ground, where the birds fertilize 
and scratch, improving the land.

The produce and eggs supply the farm’s CSA program of 120 to 150 
members, two farmers’ markets, and its several wholesale accounts, which 
include Bennington College, located a mere 10 miles from the farm. Other 
customers are just across the border in Williamstown, Massachusetts: 
Wild Oats Co-op, Mezze Bistro, The Buxton School, and Cricket Creek farm 

The loan Mighty Food Farm received from the Microloan Fund for New 
England Farmers has enabled Lisa and Chuck to purchase tractor 
attachments that have significantly improved their labor efficiency and 
soil conservation. (Photos by Elizabeth Ferry)

To read more about Microloan Recipients Click Here 

*Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch*

know that figuring out how to make a balance sheet and writing a 
business plan aren’t everyone's favorite parts of farming. But they are 
important parts of setting farm goals and priorities — a key step in 
operating a successful business.

Thanks to a grant from Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, we now offer 
the financing options and the business and financial planning resources 
that will make it easier to get started and keep track of your farm’s 
fiscal health. (Photo by Elizabeth Ferry)

Read More... 

*Support The Carrot Project's Work*

Carrot Project’s success is predicated on the involvement of many 
generous and helpful individuals who provide invaluable advice and 
support to the organization.

We are looking for volunteers or interns with the know-how to move our 
website to a more flexible platform, to research the capital needs of 
farmers’ participating in farmers’ markets and community supported 
agriculture projects, and to assist with farmer outreach. Please contact 
Dorothy Suput at [log in to unmask] 
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skills match our needs. (Photo by Elizabeth Ferry)

We appreciate both your volunteer and financial support. Thank you.

To make a charitable donation click here 


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