Food Hub Management Professional Certificate

Training for Tomorrow’s Food Hub Leaders

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

2017 Program Fee

10 month option program fee:  $5,945 (Includes online and on campus curriculum, on campus portion includes: site visit transportation and breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday. Housing is not included.)

At this time we are only offering the 4 month option.  We may offer the 10 month option depending on interest from the 4 month students, if they want to continue at the end of the 4 month option, contingent upon enrollments.

4 month option program fee: $3,795 (Includes online and on campus curriculum, on campus portion includes: site visit transportation and breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday. Housing is not included.)

UVM Affiliates: 20% discount. UVM affiliates defined as UVM students, UVM alumni, UVM current and retired faculty and staff and their spouses and dependents.

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“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, Program Graduate, 2015

“I had a wonderful experience with the food hub management certificate. I learned so much, and I made great connections with the instructors and classmates. Ann and Lisa were great educators and supporters. This course could not come at a better time for my organization, as we are currently developing our food hub operation. It was so beneficial to ask real questions to folks who run real food hubs. They offered helpful insights on the nitty gritty aspects of food hubs, information that can be difficult to find elsewhere.”

Laura Erickson, Program Graduate 2016

on the Blog

UVM Students Find Local Food Hub Inspiration in Vermont

The Mad River Food Hub hosted 25 students in UVM’s new Food Hub Management Certificate Program for a two-hour tour and Q&A session last week. Students in the program met in Vermont last week to attend lectures and visit local food hubs, distributors, businesses – including The Intervale Food Hub, Black River Produce, and the Mad River Food Hub.

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