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It’s closer than you think – Preparing to apply for the next round of...

1.5 hours – free event by Edible-Alpha®

...Specialist Andy Larson for a discussion with VAPG grant experts Jim Gage of JDG Consulting and Sara Huber of Sustaining Farmers LLC to address: Eligibility and stage – do you...

Webinar about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

VAPG Update: Deadline Extended to May 4th

10 minute read of Free resource by Edible-Alpha®

...your team to spend a minimum of 100 hrs to complete any VAPG. Note that using past VAPG applications as a template can result in errors and omissions.  Use the...

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Transform Your Farm Products and Boost Revenue with a VAPG

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

All USDA Local Agricultural Marketing Program (LAMP) grants application periods are now open! For those helping to boost sales of local food the FM/LFPP grant is for you and for farmers looking to grow their value-added income stream the VAPG.

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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#2 – Why a VAPG Toolkit Read Through?

1 hour 45 minute read of Free resource by Edible-Alpha®

is over an hour long, and the material complicated, so we strongly suggest that those new to the VAPG review it over 2-3 sessions. Other upcoming VAPG sessions: USDA Rural...

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

5 Success Lessons from a Famous Founder

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

...better understanding of how a VAPG could help their businesses and if they should be writing one right now. The VAPG RFA period is currently open with applications due March 22nd. If...

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Building Investment Cases for Regenerative Farming

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

...most recent webinar! Tera Johnson interviews renowned VAPG writer and consultant, Jim Gage of JDG Consulting. The webinar gives farm entrepreneurs a better understanding of how a VAPG could help...

Article about Financial Management for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

7 Success Strategies for Value-Added Ag

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

...income for the farm business. Because value-added ventures cost money, USDA allocates millions of dollars each year ($33 million in 2021!) to value-added producer grants. VAPGs provide working capital for...

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Hill Valley Dairy Broadens Family Legacy

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Ron Henningfeld, owner and cheesemaker at Hill Valley Dairy, drops by to discuss putting his own spin on a family farm business and expanding into new opportunities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Grassway Organics Cultivates Community

1 hour 12 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy invites in Grassway Organics’ Chaz Self for an inspiring conversation about farming business models, growing a diversified ag operation, and regenerating local communities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Doudlah Farms Organics Builds a Regenerative Legacy

1 hour 10 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy talks with Doudlah Farms Organics owner Mark Doudlah about transitioning from conventional to organic, moving into regenerative agriculture, and growing a viable value-added ag business.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

B&E’s Trees Diversifies with Value-Added Brand Embark Maple

1 hour 01 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger of of B&E’s Trees and Embark Maple share their story of becoming maple farmers, value-adding, pivoting strategies and launching a new consumer brand during a pandemic.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

2022 Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Boot Camp

10 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) present a great opportunity to access federal money to grow your farm business. At this Boot Camp, renowned VAPG writer and consultant Jim Gage of...

Live Training about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

#1 – The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant is Out!

10 minute read of Free resource by Jim Gage

on writing the VAPG.  Thanks also to the consulting group Sustaining Farmers and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for their support of this effort.  The efforts of USDA VAPG desk...

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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Raising Money for Your Farm Through Value-Added Producer Grants

1 hour 44 minutes Free webinar content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera Johnson interviews renowned VAPG writer and consultant, Jim Gage of JDG Consulting. The webinar gives farm entrepreneurs a better understanding of how a VAPG could help their businesses and if they should be writing one right now. 

Video about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling | Startups

So you won a Value-Added Producer Grant, now what?

1 hour 30 minutes of FREE webinar content by Edible-Alpha®

The 2021 Value-Added Produce Grant awardees are currently being announced. If your project has been funded - congratulations! A VAPG can be a critical strategic investment to help grow your...

Webinar about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Misty Farmstead

Value-Added Producer Grants With Jim Gage

1 hour & 10 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

...America’s Ice Cream Parlor of The Year. VAPGs include both Planning Grants (maximum: $75,000) and Working Capital Grants (maximum: $250,000). While the VAPG grant can be complicated (for example, a...

Podcast about Raising Capital for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Financing Food and Ag Beyond the Pandemic

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

...farms have access to USDA value-added producer grants (VAPG). This program has evolved and is intended to be used for packaging, labeling, promotions and other needs that can’t be backed...

How Rustic Road Farm Became a Community Treasure

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy chats with Rustic Road Farm founder Marc Bernard about starting an organic farm from scratch, expanding the operation, and diversifying the business model for sustained success.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Economic Gardening As Part Of An Ecosystem

Grants, Loans, Investments…Welcome To The Food Funding Ecosystem!

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

...week, Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) are never the main source of financing for farm businesses but rather incentivize farm entrepreneurs to show prospects for expanded sales and future investment before...

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

3 Lessons from a Leading Food Hub

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

...with Katie Mleziva: 9/28–9/30 FFI Webinar: So You Won a VAPG, Now What?: 10/4 Food and Beverage 2021 Global Symposium: 10/5 Food Safety Consortium Virtual Conference Series: Thursdays 10/7–11/4 Biophilic...