On a small farm in Sudbury, Vermont, farmer Paige Wener grows delicious and nutrient-dense produce with a focus on soil health. She founded Green & Gold CSA in 2019 to sell her produce locally.
A CSA (community-supported agriculture) program can be a win-win situation: Local consumers get a reliable share of a farmer’s seasonal bounty, while farmers get a reliable outlet for their product. But that unique business type comes with unique legal needs. Wener sought guidance on forming the appropriate business structure for the CSA, as well as help navigating the legal requirements that come with hiring employees.
Wener reached out to the Vermont Legal Food Hub, an initiative of Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and Conservation Law Foundation. The team connected her with Dave Gurtman, an attorney at the Burlington law firm Dinse. Gurtman’s pro-bono assistance helped Wener understand the pros and cons of different business structures and get a better idea of what onboarding employees would look like.
“[Gurtman] helped me understand where I am in my business now, and where I’d like to be in the future,” Wener said. “I am well-equipped to change my business structure next year. I have a plan for the future of my farming business through a great legal connection.”