Funding for farmworker housing improvements

Passing this on from the VT Agency of Agriculture. -TB

Funding is available to make health and safety repairs/improvements to farmworker housing with 0% interest loans up to $30,000. The loans are forgivable over 10 years, as long as the improved housing continues to be maintained and used for farmworker housing. The Daniel.Baker) and Champlain Housing Trust.

Repairs/improvements can include, but are not limited to:

  • wastewater systems
  • air sealing and insulation
  • plumbing & electrical upgrades
  • noise mitigation measures
  • overcrowding relief
  • mold remediation
  • roof replacements
  • food prep and storage improvements

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

If funds are available following April 15th, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications will open soon. If you have questions or would like to be put on the contact list for updates, contact Charlie Glassberg at Champlain Housing Trust at cglassberg or (802) 810-8217.

For more information, see the attached flyers or visit the program webpage.


Ollie Cultrara (they/them)

Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets | 94 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT 05495

Cell: (802) 461-5128 | ollie.cultrara

Farmworker Housing Overview, Eligibility, & Repair Checklist.pdf

Farmworker Housing Loan & Repair Process Flowchart.pdf

Reminder: VT Tree Fruit Growers Association Meeting Tuesday

Here’s a reminder that the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association annual meeting will be this Tuesday, March 1. 12:00 – 1:30 PM, on Zoom.

The meeting is free and does not require registration.

VTFGA membership renewal can be done at:

See you Tuesday,



2022 Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting, March 1


Sorry about the late announcement, this has gone out to the VTFGA list via (snail) mail already but this list is a bigger net to cast out to the grower community. The 2022 Vermont Tree Fruit Association annual meeting will be held on Zoom, 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM. I think we all hope this is the last one of these online meetings we’ll have, thanks for bearing with us.

This meeting will be a bit different from many in the past. Instructional content from regional fruit production experts has been provided this year via the Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium webinar series. These roughly weekly webinars will continue through March, and are where growers can get pesticide applicator education credits. We’ve had good attendance from Vermont growers so far, check the list of remaining meetings at:

The VTFGA meeting does not carry any pesticide credits, as it is more of an update of our work at UVM, of the organization, and on marketing and other plans for 2022. As such, it is not set up in a webinar format, but rather as a meeting, so attendees will have greater access to contribute. This also means that there is no registration for the meeting itself, which will be hosted at:

There is a registration for the VTFGA, which is your industry organization that supports many needs of fruit growers in the state. UVM Fruit Program and VTFGA are separate organizations, but we work together to provide broad support for the industry, with educational support from my side, and marketing and lobbying support from VTFGA. It’s a great partnership and worthy of growers’ support.

Please find the VTFGA registration at: (also attached to this message).

See you on March 1.

Agenda, VTFGA Annual Meeting
March 1, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM


12:00 Registration

12:05 News from UVM Fruit Team and expectations for 2022
Dr. Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist

12:45 Vendor spotlight
Eric Boire, VTFGA Executive Director

12:50 VTFGA Business meeting
Eric Boire, VTFGA Executive Director

1:05 Vendor Spotlight
Jake Jacobs, UVM Risk Management Agency

1:10 2021 Apple Marketing Program

1:30 Adjourn



Comment period open un USDA phytosanitary policy regarding importation of Chilean fresh grapes

Passing this on from Vermont state entomologist Judy Rosowsky. My take, supported by Judy, is that this is a reasonable approach toward elimination of one of the remaining uses of a chemical that has good reason to be removed from use worldwide. We agree, as do the officials at USDA we’ve met with, that this approach presents little to no risk to the region’s grape and wine producers. -TB

This is a notification to the grape growers in Vermont of some upcoming regulatory changes in the procedures for importing grapes from Chile. Chile is host to the grape pest European Grapevine moth, aka EGVM, Lobesia botrana.

The USDA is proposing to phase out methyl bromide fumigation, which has been a primary means of treatment for grapes from Chile imported into the US. They would like to use a systems approach to phytosanitation in cooperation with Chilean grape producers or allow them to treat exported grapes using radiation.

These proposed changes were about to be posted on the Federal registry for public comment, but feedback from the US grape industry, especially form those in California, led them to amend their process. The proposed changes are posted at: Comments in writing are solicited and are due by March 29th.

This website will house the pest risk analysis for the EGVM and the commodity import document. USDA would like feedback from industry on the suggested changes in treatment options and anything else related to this process. USDA will host a webinar on Feb 23rd that will be targeted towards industry and will review the systems approach. Participants in the webinar will include the Chilean Plant Protection Association and USDA APHIS folks but will not include Chilean growers. There will be a Q&A session on March 2nd. If you are interested in attending either the webinar or the Q&A session, or if you know anyone who does, please let me know and I will send you the USDA contact.

If you have concerns about the import treatment option changes, please let me know, as I can help facilitate a response. If you know of anyone else I can alert about this, please send them my way. In my professional opinion the systems approach or radiation treatments are acceptable options to methyl bromide fumigation.

Thank you,

Judy Rosovsky

State Entomologist




Important survey on alternative grape production in New England / Northern New York

Please share widely where appropriate.

The University of Vermont Fruit Program is conducting a short survey on alternative viticultural practices in the region and growers’ satisfaction with them. This survey will help inform and develop a research agenda for the region supporting diverse management philosophies. It should take 5-15 minutes to complete. We are interested in receiving responses from all vineyard operations in the region, and especially from vineyards that use low-input management practices to manage pests, diseases, and vineyard health. The survey is intentionally designed to prevent backtracking after submitting an answer. Please keep that in mind when completing it.

Thank you,

Terence Bradshaw, UVM Fruit Program Director
Bethany Pelletier, Graduate Research Assistant