Farm-Way, Inc. Expands Operations to Former Twin State Fertilizer Property

July 29, 2016

(Bradford) Farm-Way, Inc. today celebrated the Grand Opening of its expanded operations at its family owned and operated store in Bradford, Vermont.

Twin State Fertilizer and its predecessors manufactured and repackaged seeds, fertilizer and pesticides for 50 years or more on the site where Farm-Way’s expanded facility is now located.  As the former Twin State Fertilizer property was contaminated by these operations and the owner did not have sufficient resources to address the contamination and redevelop the site, Two Rivers Ottaquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) secured funding from Farm-Way and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Region 1 that allowed GMEDC to purchase the property, enroll it in Vermont’s Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation (BRELLA) program and work with Farm-Way, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Brownfields Program and EPA to clean up the site.

Taking advantage of the redevelopment “safe harbor” available to regional development corporations such as GMEDC under Section 6615 d (4) of Vermont’s Waste Management Act, GMEDC was able to remediate the contaminated property and transfer it to Farm-Way with a Certificate of Completion from Vermont’s Brownfields Program that protected Farm-Way and its successors and assigns from liability for the historical contamination at the site and allowed Farm-Way to proceed with the redevelopment of the property.

Carol Metayer, Farm-Way’s President, said “We are grateful to all the people who have helped us navigate this complicated clean up and acquisition and thank our customers and staff for making it possible!”

Peter Van Oot, Chair of the GMEDC Board said, “GMEDC was happy to be involved in this great project for Farm-Way, the Town of Bradford and the Upper Valley from the very beginning through the cleanup and redevelopment. This project with the great collaboration of the many stakeholders who participated in its success is a great example of how our valued local businesses can expand and grow jobs while also protecting and enhancing our natural resources.”

Bob Haynes, GMEDC’s Executive Director added: “This project had a lot of moving pieces but everyone involved recognized the importance and hung together to make it happen. Working on something like this with wide appeal is rewarding for many reasons and the Farm-Way folks were great partners. GMEDC looks forward to assisting with other similarly distressed sites that need our help.”

Joan Goldstein, Vermont Commissioner of Economic development, who was instrumental in the early stages of the project as the former Executive Director of GMEDC, said “It is very gratifying to see this project come to fruition.  It was many years ago that we came up with the plan with Farm-Way to redevelop this property.  It exemplifies how well state and federal partners can work together with private industry to make good things happen!”

All parties involved with the project were complementary of the efforts of Trish Coppolino, the head of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Brownfields Response Program and Joe Ferrari, the Regional Brownfields Officer who managed the project for the EPA, as well as their respective staffs. They are well known for working hard to provide solutions whenever possible.

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation is the regional development corporation serving 30 towns in east central Vermont.  Its mission is to foster economic vitality and prosperity consistent with the goals of the communities it serves.

For further information, please contact Bob Haynes at 802-295-4231 (w); 603-448-8494 (m), or Peter Van Oot at 603-442-4512 (w); 802-258-0389 (m)