The Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP) is a business planning and technical assistance program that provides management advice and grants of $25,000 to $125,000 to implement farm growth and sustainability strategies. Farm operators receive grant awards for signing a 5 or 10 year Agricultural Covenant, to keep their property in agricultural use, and receive valuable consultations and visits from a team of experts to discuss needs on the farm, such as farm production and management, marketing, and business planning. Typical uses of funds include building or repairing farm structures, modernizing field equipment, purchasing delivery vehicles and tractors, improving marketing structures or food processing capacity.
Any Massachusetts farmer who owns at least five (5) acres of land in active agricultural use and has managed that land for the three (3) or more previous years.
Estimated Application Open Period: February 2018
Estimated Application Deadline: April 2018
Maximum Funding Per Applicant: $25,000 - $125,000