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NEK Case Study #4: Goats, Goats and more Goats!

Posted: July 5, 2016

A Goat Story: Vermont Chevon creates a market for goat meat Since 2011, Vermont Chevon has been slowly building a second-life for Vermont’s goat industry. Vermont Chevon buys surplus livestock and turns it into a premium protein source that is healthier and leaner than other meats. Likewise, Shirley Richardson has built a second-career for herself, [...]

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NEK Case Study 3: Local Slaughter and Meat Processing

Posted: June 17, 2016

Northeast Kingdom Processing: Making Meat Farm to Table Ready When many of us think of slaughterhouses, images from Upton Sinclair’s 1906 expose of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle, probably come to mind. And it’s likely the images are not pretty.  Those days are long gone. The state-of-the-art, modern slaughter facility that is Northeast Kingdom Processing [...]

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NEK Case Study 2: Funding by Farmers, for Farmers!

Posted: June 3, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development! Work is underway to update the plan, draft and vet strategies and action items, and research a series of case studies that showcase local examples of the plan’s goals. Below is a draft of one of the case studies, highlighting the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving [...]

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NEK Case Study1: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is a leader!

Posted: May 13, 2016

The Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan is under development!! Following on the success of the March Food System Plan Summit, we’ve been hard at work updating the plan, drafting and vetting strategies and action items, and researching a series of case studies that showcase local examples of goals. Below is a draft of one of [...]

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We’re looking for a NEW Anchor Tenant in 2017

Posted: April 25, 2016

The CAE will have an opening for a new Anchor Tenant in the shared-use Vermont Food Venture Center in January 2017. This secure and isolated 2400 sq ft space, with many build-out options, is located in the Hardwick Industrial Park, within our 15,000 sq ft food business incubator. The Vt Food Venture Center was built [...]

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Hope abounds in Hardwick hoop house

Posted: April 20, 2016

by Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar Spring is the season for hope, and here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) in Hardwick hope abounds in our brand new community hoop house. We put it up last fall thanks to a donation in memory of Vernon Alper, a community gardener. It was built [...]

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Small Business Workshops – Improving Financial Statements & Budgeting for Success

Posted: April 6, 2016

Hello All: Please register for our small business workshop. Ross Hart of Vt. SBDC will present the following “Improving Financial Statements & Business Budgeting” APRIL 13, 5PM, AT THE VERMONT FOOD VENTURE CENTER This follow up workshop is appropriate for those business owners who have had exposure to basic accounting principles and have spent some [...]

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How will it work? Our regional food system plan…

Posted: March 24, 2016

Making a Regional Food System Plan Work Saturday’s Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan Summit is quickly approaching! We hope you’ve signed up to join us to strategize ideas for keeping the NEK’s food system diverse, thriving, and growing into the future. The NEK Food System Plan isn’t a document that just sits on a shelf; [...]

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We’re hiring: place-based education and agriculture!

Posted: March 11, 2016

For the past few years, the CAE has helped to build kitchen classrooms, community greenhouses, garden beds, and run field trips with our students within Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union. Now, we’re engaged in a longer term partnership with OSSU, to plan for how we can use our community food systems assets as resources for the [...]

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Do we still Manufacture Food in the NEK? What’s the Scoop?

Posted: March 2, 2016

Are We Making Food Here?  Have we created Jobs in Food Production? Taylar Foster shares the data behind our Food Manufacturing in the NEK…. A key piece of the food system is turning our raw products, like wheat, milk, or fresh produce, into “value-added products”, bread, cheese, or ketchup. Across Vermont, this type of value-added [...]

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