BRATTLEBORO -- Big Picture Farm, in Townshend and Boyd Family Farm, in Wilmington, recently received grants from the Working Lands Enterprise Board.

Big Picture received $20,000 to purchase materials for its caramel production and cheese production facility and Boyd received $20,000 to renovate an existing barn. The two grants were part of $300,000 granted to 19 Vermont businesses.

Enterprise Investments are one of three areas of the Working Lands Initiative, with grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 for new and growing agriculture, forestry, and forest products enterprises. The Enterprise Investment area received 49 applications with a total request of $415,427 in funds.

"We recognize the tremendous economic and environmental impact that our Working Lands businesses have across the state of Vermont," stated Gov. Peter Shumlin. "By investing in technical assistance and infrastructure for our ag and forest economies, we are creating jobs and supporting a quality of life that will attract Vermonters and out-of-stater's for generations to come."

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, Act 142, is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and is in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, as well as the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The Working Lands Enterprise Board, comprised of public and private sector members involved in agriculture, forestry, and/or forest products is in its second year of funding. This year the fund is responsible for allocating over $1 million in grant funds. Service Provider and Capital and Infrastructure decisions will be forthcoming at an on-site press event to be held in June at which all round two Working Lands grant recipients will be featured.

Full Enterprise Investment recipient profiles can be found at the Working Lands website at http://workinglands.vermont.gov/projects.