Food Hub Management Certificate Program

UVM’s Food Hub Management Professional Certificate Program – the first of its kind in the country – is an innovative blend of hands-on, community-based, online and on-campus learning that will prepare you for effective management of food hubs and provide you with essential tools to advance your career in food systems. Advance your career in local food systems with a Certificate in Food Hub Management.

Develop Essential Knowledge & Skills

  • Business Planning & Assessment
  • Market Development & Value Chain Facilitation
  • Product Development, Marketing, & Sales
  • Purchasing & Supply Chain Management
  • Processing and Distribution
  • Facility/Warehouse Management
  • HR, Staffing, & Communication
  • Food Safety and Risk Management

Space is limited to a select group of 25 individuals.

“This Food Hub Management Program will provide practical training while building a community of skilled practitioners.”

-Ann Karlen, Executive Director, Fair Food Philly

Who should apply?

  • Individuals planning to create, lead, and/or manage a food hub.
  • Those with food hub experience and passion for a career in food systems who are looking for their next step.
  • Professionals seeking to enhance or change their career to a focus on the sustainable food market.
  • Staff members who are poised for leadership development within enterprises meeting the increasing demand for regionally sourced good food.

Earn a certificate in food hub management and become a leader in your Local Food Industry.

How the Program Works

A four-month option covers the fundamentals. The full, ten-month certificate program builds upon the fundamentals with participants completing a community-based project and a capstone session in Vermont.

Week One in Vermont

As a UVM Food Hub student you will join your classmates in Vermont—a recognized hot spot for community-based food systems—for the week of January 12-16, 2015, to build relationships, leadership capacity, entrepreneurial acumen, and a basic understanding of what it takes to effectively manage a food hub.


With guidance from the most experienced practitioners in the field, you will continue your learning online – on your schedule – to hone the management and operational skills that make the difference for successful and high-impact enterprises.

Food Hub Management Action Project

You will complete a personalized action project to develop your own enterprise or learn directly from a mentor in the field. Throughout the project, you’ll stay connected with your peers and experts online with regular group check-ins.

Final Week for Presentations & Graduation in Vermont

Return for the final week of class in Vermont to share lessons you’ve learned, present your work, gain additional insights, strengthen your network, and receive your professional certificate.

Food Hubs: Apply to Host a Student

As part of the curriculum, interested students will complete an apprenticeship at a host site to bring theory into practice and gain context for skill areas through first hand experience. We are looking for organizations that aggregate and distribute local food (preferable source-identified) to apply to become host sites for the program.

From June to September students will complete a 32-hour a week apprenticeship at selected host sites. These eager students will make great additions to your staff and can help you tackle any “back-burner” projects.

Apply now!

Key Supporters

The High Meadows Foundation is committed to supporting Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Systems.

The John Merck fund is committed building and growing Regional Food Systems in New England.

The Wallace Center collaborates with Food Hubs to strengthen regional and local food systems.

The Mad River Food Hub is a licensed vegetable and USDA inspected meat processing facility located.

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