Vermont Legal Food Hub to Provide Free Services to Farmers

Vermont Law School (VLS) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced the launch of the Vermont Legal Food Hub, a program that will match income-eligible farmers and business owners with skilled attorneys willing to provide free legal services. The partners say farmers or food entrepreneurs sometimes go without legal services or pay more than they can afford, and this project funded by the National Agricultural Library will address that need. The Vermont hub has already recruited attorneys from 10 law firms and placed two pilot cases. One involves a group aiming to protect land for a farmers market and community garden. The Hub is currently recruiting additional attorneys and accepting applications for legal assistance from Vermont farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations.