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Food Hub Management

Professional Certificate

Training for Tomorrow's Food Hub Leaders

UVM’s Food Hub Management Professional Certificate Program

The first of its kind in the country, now in its third year, this program is an innovative blend of hands-on, community-based online and on-campus learning to prepare you for managing food hubs. The program provides the tools you need to advance your career in food systems.

  • Designed for emergent and established food hub managers
  • Goals of the program are to strengthen and accelerate management skills of operational leaders of food hubs and other community based food system organizations
  • Multi-disciplined subject matter taught by Food Hub Managers, who are subject matter experts in each discipline
  • Taught online with residential sessions held on the campus of the University of Vermont – a state leading the local food movement
  • Student selection through a competitive, national application process
  • Syllabus includes: Business Formation, Food Hub Fundamentals, Business Planning, Marketing, Sales, Finance HR & Staffing, Risk Management, Food Safety, Product Development and Knowledge, Supply Chain Management, Storage and Warehouse Management, Distribution, Processing, Technology, Value Chain Facilitation

Develop Essential Knowledge & Skills

  • Legal Structure, Sources of Capital
  • Business Planning and Assessment
  • Sales Forecasting, Analysis and  Marketing
  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Food Safety – On Farm, Facility, and  FSMA
  • Supply and Value Chain Integration
  • New Product Development and Processing
  • Management of Facilities, Distribution, and Technology
  • Human Resources and Stakeholder Management

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals exploring the feasibility of starting or expanding a food hub
  • Emerging leaders in organizations advancing the feasibility of regional food systems
  • Food Hub practitioners focused on ‘the next ten years’
  • Professionals seeking to develop their career in the local and regional food market

“I enrolled in the UVM program in order to broaden my own vision for local food. I wanted to extend it to include other region’s local food systems, in the hopes of learning about the common challenges and diverse solutions. The broad food system concepts, coupled with specific analytical skills and real world examples, have improved my leadership skills and made me a stronger collaborator.”

– Lisa Reeder, UVM Food Hub Management Certificate Program student, 2015


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