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Vermont Program Sets Bar for Farm to School Programs

Schools from across the Northeast Selected For Program to Grow School-wide Farm to School Initiatives.

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Vermont Food Venture Center Reaches Major Milestones and Releases Meet the Maker Videos!

In 2018, the Vermont Food Venture Center, located in Hardwick, reaches its seventh year of operations. The 15,000 square foot farm and food business incubator was launched through a collaborative effort between the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Northern Vermont Development Association. Staff at the Venture Center worked with ten farm and food business clients over the last year, with support for marketing and business services through a USDA RD Rural Business Development Grant. Each client worked with an expert in brand identification and marketing, as well as a videographer, to create short video piece that articulates their mission, showcases their products, and can be used as a promotional tool.
This month, the Meet the Maker Video series has been released, and all ten of the videos are available at the Center for an Agricultural Economy website

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VT Community Loan Fund Finances VT Farms & Food Producers in 1st Quarter 2018

The Vermont Community Loan Fund helped finance three Vermont farms and food producers in the first quarter of 2018, through its SPROUT deferred payment loan program, and other programs. Total financing from the first quarter reached $983,000.

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Breakfast on the Farm Set for Another Year of Fun June 23 & July 28

Free pancakes, cute cows and fun activities on the farm – it’s all happening at Vermont's Breakfast on the Farm at the Gervais Family Farm in Enosburg Falls on Saturday, June 23rd, and at Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm in West Addison on Saturday, July 28th.
Breakfast on the Farm is a free, public celebration designed to teach people about modern dairy farming and introduce the farm families who work hard to produce nutritious and wholesome dairy foods for Vermont and beyond.

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Slow Living Summit Explores the Future of Farm & Food Entrepreneurship

Presented by the Strolling of the Heifers Windham Grows, this year’s Summit asks – “How can you create and grow a resilient food business that affects your community in a positive way?”

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The Heifers will stroll again in Brattleboro!

Brattleboro parade and festival highlight local farmers and local food

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Vermont Farm Fund Passes $1million dollar mark!

Not "crowd-sourced" but "community-sourced" this revolving loan fund passes a significant mark for Vermont's agricultural economy.

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Vermont’s Tour de Farms Bike Ride Returns September 16th

ACORN’s 11th annual Tour de Farms, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, will be held Sunday, September 16th in Vergennes, Vt. This is the first time the annual bike ride will be staged in Vergennes. The new route will follow 30 miles of rolling hills and backcountry roads through the Champlain Valley’s quintessential pastoral landscape. There is also a shorter, kid-friendly 10-mile route for those who prefer a more relaxed adventure.

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Red Clover Inn Partners with Distillers to Shine the Limelight on Local Spirits

This summer the Red Clover Inn & Restaurant will host “Meet the Maker” cocktail dinners, presented in partnership with three Vermont distillers. In each event, the crafters from a Vermont distillery will present their process, work, and ethics, while guests enjoy three handcrafted cocktails, paired with a four-course chef’s menu prepared with the freshest ingredients.

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Double Your Food or Agriculture Business - Windham Grows Accelerator

In just 18 months, the thirteen entrepreneurs participating in Windham Grows have grown to add nearly 30 employees and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.

Windham Grows has established itself as the leading food/agriculture business accelerator in the region. If you want to scale up your food or agriculture business, Windham Grows could be a great option with proven results.

Windham Grows is accepting applications for it’s next cohort, which will begin in late June 2018 and run through early December 2018. To learn more, go to http://windhamgrows.org/curriculum/

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