The Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland, VT is an example of a similar space to what the Addison County Food Commons would be.
Addison County Food Commons
It is the vision of the Addison County Food Commons to offer support, education, mentorship, and space to entrepreneurs in all sectors of the food system to develop and grow independent and sustainable businesses in Addison County.
Create a shared working space where food systems entrepreneurs of all types can
work and network with each other to inspire growth in a robust local food system.
- Storage (cold and dry)
- Aggregation and Distribution
Educate users of the Commons by creating an active learning community:
- Food Safety and Sanitation
- Marketing and Sales
- Label – Design and Compliance
- HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing
- Distribution and Logistics
- Business Planning and Scaling
Support a community of inspired business people who grow their businesses by
sharing in the creative energy of an incubator space centered on the economic
cluster of food systems:
- Socialization vs. Isolation
- Shared Problem Solving
- Support and Encouragement in Success and Failure
- Peer to Peer Critiquing of Ideas
- Prototype Building of Products
- Producer and Buyer Forums
Workbased Learning and Mentorship
Creation of a safe environment where high school and college students can learn from developing entrepreneurs.
- Guest Lectures
- Job Shadows
- Aggregation and Storage for County Food Shelves and schools
- Value Added Processing for Low-Income Residents
- Health Care Shares
- Site for Community Conversations about the Local Food System
- Celebrations of Success