With the passage of the Farm Bill this past year, funding became available for growers through the USDA Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program. Wineries in over 20 states were awarded grants in excess of $3 million dollars from the program. The Value-Added Producer Grants are part of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. VAPG funding helps businesses create new products, expand operations and support local and regional food systems.
Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia was a recent recipient of the VAPG program. The grant award, according to owner Doug Paul, will help with the development and marketing of a new sparkling wine product.
As part of the grant request package, Paul needed a business plan. He met with SBDC consultants Ron Simmons and Randy Donaldson from the Gainesville office. Paul states, “Creating a business plan requires a lot of thought. It really is a written road map for your business. We were able to gain valuable insight into what is important in creating a current business plan from our meeting. The SBDC is truly a wonderful resource for farmers and business folks and we will surely visit with the team again as we plan future growth for our farm”.
We congratulate Doug Paul and Three Sister’s Vineyard and Winery and look forward to hearing about the success of his sparkling wine! For more information, visit them on the web; http://www.threesistersvineyards.com.
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