ACORN’s Winter Workshop Series


Feb. 20*: Hemp Growers’ Workshop (SOLD OUT)

When: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: UVM Extension, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury

Who: Facilitated by Heather Darby of UVM Extension and Rye Matthews & Pat Fifield from NE Hemp Commodities

What: This workshop will cover what every hemp grower should be aware of before getting started, effective practices from irrigation to understanding the basics of the plants, understanding CBD is an expanding market, a Who's who of Addison County hemp growers and processor and more.

Please email if you’d like to be placed on a waiting list or are interested in a future hemp workshop.

*This was the previously scheduled Feb. 13 workshop which has been rescheduled due to weather.

Feb. 22: Meet & expand into new markets successfully

When: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: UVM Extension, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury

Who: Facilitated by Seth Walker of Healthy Living Market and Dan Reilly of Equinox Food Brokers, a Vermont company that specializes in helping growing businesses understand the processes & expectations of distribution. Seth will present information on selling direct to stores & share information on their new purchasing protocol. Between the two facilitators, this is an opportunity to help meet & expand into new markets successfully.  

Sponsored by Addison County Economic Development Corp and ACORNthis meet up with include plenty of time for businesses to engage with each other and share successes, challenges & failures. This is designed for small and emerging businesses. Space is limited to encourage chat time.  Ideal for specialty food producers & farmers with value-added producers and a great follow-up from our November 7th Producer Buyer Forum.

Info & Register here.

Lite fare provided. 8:30 registration & coffee talk. Prompt start time at 9:00.

Non-refundable, all payments are a donation to ACORN. If canceled due to severe weather we will do our best to reschedule via email. 

Feb. 27: Work-Life-Farm Balance Meet Up for Women Farmers

When: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: UVM Extension, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury

Who: Facilitated by Bay Hammond of Doolittle Farm- farmer, grandmother, educator in sustainability & Taylor Hutchison, of Footprint Farm, young farmer extraordinaire, will share insights creating home, work and life balance. 

Bay and Taylor represent a continuum of experiences across decades of farming and lifestyle changes. This is going to be a fun group of people. Join the conversation and share your experiences. A lite lunch will be served allowing for casual chat time and general conviviality.

VT Young Farmers & ACORN sponsor a meet up with women farmers learning first hand what it takes to move towards the elusive "work/life balance.”

Space is limited, click here to save your spot now!

March 13: Grower to Grower: Meeting Market Demand for Organic Corn

When: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: UVM Extension, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury

Who: Organic corn is a much sought after ingredient for VT Tortilla Company. Join the conversation on sourcing for future demand for organic corn in this grower to grower conversation about fertility and crop rotations to meet market demands. Suitable for producers seeking learn more about crops to meet expanding demand for locally sourced ingredient. Azur Moulaert of Vermont Tortilla and farmers growing corn to meet their needs will lead the conversation.

More info & Register Here

Registration is required, checks must be received prior to Feb 27th. Registration fees are a donation to ACORN and are non-refundable. In the event of severe weather we will do our best to reschedul

Announcements & Upcoming Events

February Cultivating Connections E-Newsletter

ACORN Winter Workshops are Underway! 

Every year for the past...who knows now! ACORN has sponsored workshops for farmers and value added food producers. Thanks to the generous support of the Linthilhac Foundation we continue this year with a slate of great speakers. 

Feb 13 is a sold out Grower to Grower Hemp Workshop. With so much interest in this topic we may host another this spring. Feb 22 Selling Your Products Direct to Store Delivery & Using Brokers Co-Sponsored with ACEDC, this is perfect for food and wellness businesses interested in expanding their sales skills and understand how to get your products into regional markets. Seth Walker of Healthy Living & Dan Reilly of Equinox Food Brokers help you with direct to store deliveries & working with distributors and brokers.

Read more of this month’s Cultivating Connections.

ACORN's 3rd Annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum

The 2018 Forum was held Wednesday, November 7 at Kirk Alumni Hall, Middlebury College, from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. This event connected buyers, producers across all food categories, distributors and food system thinkers. There was be a panel, a Keynote by April Moulaert of Vermont Tortilla Company and networking and building strong alliances that promote stronger business to business partnerships.

Panelists included Netaka White, hemp consultant, Marikje Shemendine of It's Arthur's Fault! Sauces and Marinades, Rosalie Schleinig of Red Tomato Produce, Thomas Wentworth, Farm to Plate Consultant, Joshua Pfiel of Vermont Pepperworks and Eli Lesser Goldsmith of Healthy Living, among other notable speakers.

Eli Lesser-goldsmith of burlington’s healthy living market & cafe speaks during acorn’s 3rd annual producer, buyer and distributor forum.

Eli Lesser-goldsmith of burlington’s healthy living market & cafe speaks during acorn’s 3rd annual producer, buyer and distributor forum.

We have been receiving fabulous feedback on this unique format which guarantees time to delve into deep conversations and work together to meet Vermont's Farm to Plate goals.

This event is #RootedinVermont and ACORN is an active member in the Farm to Plate Network.

2018 Guide to Local Food & Farms is Now Out!

Pick up your free copy at Addison County food stores, restaurants, shops and cafes! OR click here to read the Guide online.

Rikert Adaptive Trike Program

Help Adaptive Trike Rikert create an adaptive trike and bike program at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont! This program would make adaptive trikes available to people with limited physical abilities, allowing them to access the great outdoors and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of year-round exercise.

The funds raised during this campaign will be used to purchase an electrically-assisted foot-powered recumbent fat-tire trike from Hase Bikes USA and RAD Innovations Vermont. Any funds remaining after the purchase of the trike will go towards growing the program to include more trikes and bikes, and to create partnerships with other winter sports centers around Vermont.

While there are currently other adaptive winter sports programs available, they are mostly geared towards competition. We want to create a program that is open and accessible to anyone at any skill level. Learn more about the Rikert Adaptive Trike Program here: 

No-till Farmers Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser Keynote from the 2017 NOFA/ Mass Winter Conference

Tour de Farms featured in The Local Motive series on VT PBS

This new, six-part series explores six separate aspects of Vermont's local food system: production, processing, distribution, farm to institution, the consumer and waste.

See ACORN's Tour de Farms segment from February 21, 2017. Click the image above to watch. The ACORN segment starts at 19 minutes, 50 seconds.

Your support for ACORN helps to build a stronger food culture and local economy in Vermont's Champlain Valley. Your donations make possible the Tour de Farms, matchmaking events and conferences, our Farm to School outreach, the Guide to Local Food and Farms, and more.

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