The Center for an Agricultural EconomyIf this is the first you're hearing of the Hardwick, VT based 501(c)3 non-profit, here's a little background, from CAE's Mission Statement:
Our mission is to build a regenerative, locally based, healthy food system by engaging the greater Hardwick community through collaboration opportunities, educational outreach and providing infrastructure. Furthermore, CAE encourages the development of a local system that meets the needs and aspirations of the community and ensures economic and ecological stability and abundance. Through community involvement, integrated and responsible agri-business, and a commitment to economic, ecologic and nutritional health, the Center for an Agricultural Economy supports a vibrant regional food system.Through innovation and entrepreneurship, The Center for an Agricultural Economy is leading the way as the Green Mountain State and nation attempt to remake their food systems. Based in the small Northeast Kingdom town of Hardwick, VT, CAE is surrounded by many growing businesses in the local, organic, natural, and whole foods industries.
Vermont Food Venture CenterDo you produce a local food product using local ingredients but don't know how to efficiently produce it in large quantities, store it and then get it on to store shelves? That's why the Vermont Food Venture Center was created! They've partnered with Vermont Small Business Development Center (also a client of ours!) to help small producers of local foods get their products to market. More from the VFVC:
We provide inspected kitchen spaces furnished with medium scale, semi-automated equipment alongside a broad range of technical and business services required to support start-up and expanding businesses.Check out the VFVC's client list to see some of the local brands they've already worked with and then head over to the How it Works page to learn how to get started!
We are pleased to partner with the Vermont Small Business Development Center to provide you with assistance and training as you start and grow your enterprise.
- Multi-use kitchens
- Cold and dry storage facilities
- Professional product and process development
- Co-packing services
- Business and production services