By Travis Marcotte, Executive Director
It’s no secret that Vermont farmers are aging and that a significant amount of farmland in Vermont will change hands in the coming years. According to the American Farmland Trust, the average age of a Vermont farmer is 57 years old, and farmers at or above retirement age manage 30 percent of all land in production. Simultaneously, Vermont is one of a few states where the total number of farms is actually increasing, growing by about 5 percent between 2007 and 2012 to 7,338 farms. We know that there are both great challenges and opportunities ahead for Vermont’s agricultural sector as many beginning farmers transition to new land.
Luckily, Vermont has a robust network of experienced service providers to help farms navigate finding new land, starting their businesses, and staying successful as beginning farmers.