Archive for the ‘Producer Spotlight’ Category

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 [...]

Financing the Working Landscape, Stories and Networks!

Posted: November 6, 2015

Financing the Working Landscape at Sterling College; How do loggers and farmers access the capital needed for their businesses?   “My vision was to build a log house for our family,” said Colleen Goodridge, on Oct 24th, standing behind a podium at Sterling College. “Now we have that log house, and we have a successful [...]

Sterling College Partnership: COLLEGE to Farm!

Posted: June 10, 2015

What does that mean? Shouldn’t it be Farm to College? Our local partner, Sterling College, doesn’t have it backwards. Instead, they are announcing a new program and partnership with the Center for an Agricultural Economy in which students who graduate are given scholarships to start a food or farm based business! In particular, this program [...]

Announcing: Vermont Equipment Access Program

Posted: August 7, 2014

NEW PROGRAM LAUNCH: Partnership across Vermont’s two food business incubators helps small food entrepreneurs to grow! August, 2014: The Mad River Food Hub, the CAE Vermont Food Venture Center and the Vermont Community Loan Fund are pleased to announce a new equipment leasing program for food businesses and entrepreneurs. The Vermont Value-Added Producer Equipment Access [...]

VFVC Producer Spotlight: Michelle’s Spicy Kimchi

Posted: December 4, 2012

Vermont Food Venture CenterProducer Spotlight Michelle’s Spicy Kimchi Michelle Guenard started Michelle’s Spicy Kimchi  in Craftsbury, Vermont, selling at local farmer’s markets and has since grown her product to be included in retail markets and restaurants throughout the State. In our interview, Michelle talks about the challenge of marketing an ethnic product, growing her business (which doesn’t [...]

VFVC Producer Spotlight: Yummy Yammy Sweet Potato Dips

Posted: November 7, 2012

Lisa Johnson of Yummy Yammy (far left) with our VFVC crew! Vermont Food Venture Center Producer Spotlight Lisa Johnson of Yummy Yammy, was one of the first clients we took on the Vermont Food Venture Center. Since her start, her fantastic energy and dedication have been an inspiration to all of us!In our interview, she [...]