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Aggregation & Distribution

Resources for understanding Vermont and regional food distribution systems, as well as understanding wholesale market opportunities and barriers (e.g., for sales to institutions,schools, colleges, and hospitals, as well as retail grocers).

Aggregation & Distribution Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Aligning Production, Processing, Distribution, and Market Outlets for Vermont’s Food System

Appendix C: Connecting the Dots focuses on the distribution chain that links farm production, processing, and market outlets and provides strategies for aligning these elements of Vermont’s food system more closely. Distribution is defined as the process of delivering food from the primary producer to end consumers, whether they are found at supermarkets, restaurants, schools, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, or convenience or general stores. Distribution requires organizing transportation and logistics in an economically efficient manner to deliver a marketable mix of products to meet consumer demand. At times, it also requires short-term storage, en route to store shelves.

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Farm to Institution

A collection of resources exploring the world of local food in schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions.

Farm to Institution Vermont Farm to College: Opportunities and Barriers to Greater Local Food Procurement in Vermont Higher Education Food Service

Institutions of higher education present an opportunity for increased procurement of locally produced foods. This report provides an overview of findings to date, followed by summaries of successes, innovations, and challenges. Analysis focuses on comparing and contrasting Vermont interview results with recommendations gleaned from other regional institutions’ and organizations’ reports. It concludes with a list of best practices for food service operations and technical assistance providers.

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Agritourism

A collection of resources aimed at promoting the agritourism industry and intended to aid farmers in implementing agritourism into their farms.

Agritourism Business and Financial Planning

Topics include: What is a Business Plan?; Selecting Your Business Entity; Setting Realistic Income Goals; Budgeting; Pricing; Keeping Good Records; Knowing When to Quit; Financing; Taxes, Permits, and Regulations; Health Considerations.

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Agritourism How to Develop a Farm Tour

Topics include: Organizing Your Tour; Budgeting for Tours; Getting the Word Out; Safety; Questions to Answer Before the Tour.

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Agritourism How to Develop a Farm Stand

Topics include: Town and State Regulations; Location; Food Safety; Risk Management; Marketing; Business Planning; Design and Layout; Staffing.

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Agritourism How to Develop a Farm Stay

Topics include: Assessing Yourself as a Farm Stay Operator; Planning Your Farm Stay; Activities for Your Guests; Guest Policies; Food and Dining; Regulations; Designing Your Space; Business Structure; Financial Goals; Marketing and Customer Service; Farm Stay Trends and the Ripple Effect.

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Agritourism How to Develop a Pick-Your-Own Business

Topics include: Advantages and Disadvantages of PYO; Assessing Yourself as a PYO Farmer; Important Elements of a PYO; Financial Planning and Pricing; Building Your PYO.

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