Archive for the ‘Small Ag. Business Info’ Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

Food Production Skills Class- Sign up now!

Posted: July 29, 2015

In association with Green Mountain Tech and Career Center, the CAE is hosting its first pilot workforce development training! Learn new skills and increase your employability!  4 DAYS: 9am-1pm on August 10, 11 and 17, 18 (Mondays and Tuesdays) Attend 16 hours of training at the Vt. Food Venture Center in Hardwick This Training will [...]

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 [...]

Welcome Daniel Keeney!

Posted: December 12, 2014

Our food clients and farming partners will have a new resource in Daniel Keeney, our incoming Farm and Food Business Specialist. Daniel is a Vermonter, and having both retail and on-farm experience himself, he’s been ‘in the trenches’ when it comes to managing a business which is also a part of your identity and your [...]

OPEN HOUSE: Join us this Friday!

Posted: September 2, 2014

Dear friends; What better way to welcome Fall than celebrating programs, projects and people? The Center for an Agricultural Economy is hosting an Open House this Friday, from 4pm-7:30pm, and we’d love to see you there! Join us to learn more about our projects and about the VT Food Venture Center’s services and features. Tours [...]

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 [...]