Archive for the ‘Small Business’ 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Spring and summer events at the Center for an Agricultural Economy

Posted: May 6, 2015

by Bethany M. Dunbar, Community Projects Coordinator The weather has finally lifted, and we are enjoying some warmth and sun. Here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy that means lots of activity. We have some great events all planned for the summer, with more in the works. Here’s what we have for sure right [...]

Kitchen Crew Supervisor Position NOW OPEN

Posted: November 24, 2014

The Vt Food Venture Center has seen a lot of improvements – and increased usage – in the past few years! We are excited to open a new position for Kitchen  Crew Supervisor, available immediately. We are looking for someone who is ready to manage schedules, various client needs, inventory and food safety trainings. We [...]

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 [...]