Archive for the ‘Business Matters’ Category

Vt Food Venture Center: Case Study goes global!

Posted: February 16, 2017

The Vt Food Venture Center, now entering its 6th year, has been working steadily to advance farm and food businesses. We offer a suite of services, but one project which has grown significantly is our FARM TO INSTITUTION Minimal Processing, begun as farmer co-packing and advanced into market and product development. We want to highlight [...]

Request for Proposals: Atkins Field

Posted: February 7, 2017

The Center for an Agricultural Economy is looking for a Project Manager with architectural experience for our Atkins Field Project. If you are interested, please take a look at our request for proposals. RFP Atkins Project Mgr

New Position: Farm to Institution Accounts Manager~

Posted: December 16, 2016

We have an exciting position open for the right candidate – hopefully someone who is interested in a career in local food, passionate about the mission of feeding everyone, and who has experience working with our VT institutions! Position:  Farm to Institution Accounts and Sales Manager (download description) F2I Accounts and Sales Manager12.14.2016final Reports to:  [...]

Join us for an evening of Nuturing Communities: November 4

Posted: October 18, 2016

The Center for an Agricultural Economy is hosting an event November 4 put on by the Galaxy Bookshop. Join us for a fun evening to explore local foods and economies. Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash to donate to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and the Grow Your Own program, which is managed by [...]

One more week for VFVC tenant applications!!

Posted: October 13, 2016

If you’ve not yet submitted an application for our VFVC Anchor Tenant spot, opening in 2017, we are extending our deadline by 1 more week!! The CAE is looking for an applicant who needs commercial space, and is dedicated to the mission and vision of a healthy local food economy! Imagine your OWN kitchen space, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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; [...]

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 [...]