Food Hub Management Professional Certificate

Training for Tomorrow’s Food Hub Leaders

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

This year the program will be offered by the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund and University of Vermont. The residential portion of the program takes place in Ontario, Canada.  The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) is dedicated to promoting new ways of thinking about agri-food business management.  They develop business management tools, information, resources, and training for Ontario’s agri-food and agri-based producers and processors with the aim of helping them achieve their business goals (more information can be found at the bottom).

During the residential portion of the program, tours will be offered in the Greater Toronto Area, and the Ottawa area– two large regional centers, each with a diverse food system in place.

Residential session dates

Milton, Ontario: January 28-February 2, 2018 (program commences)
Ottawa, Ontario: October 15-19, 2018 (program ends)

Program overview

  • 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 and subject matter experts in each discipline
  • Taught online with two, week-long residential sessions held in Ontario
  • 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 Attend?

  • 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

Space is limited to 25 participants.  A waiting list has been established to ensure we let potential participants know if space becomes available.


2018 Program Fee

10-month program fee:  $11,500 CDN (Includes online and in-person curriculum. In-person includes: site visit transportation and breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday with a special kick-off dinner the first night, and lodging. Does not include airfare or transportation to and from the two residential session locations.)

January 2018 session

The January residential session takes place in Milton, Ontario. This requires flying in and out of Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), and about a 1 hour trip via ground transportation to Milton.

October 2018 session

The October residential session takes place in Ottawa, Ontario. This requires flying in and out of Ottawa International Airport (YOW), and about a 30-minute trip via ground transportation to a local hotel.

If you would like more information about this unique learning opportunity, please contact Ashley Honsberger, Executive Director of the Agri-food Management Institute here:


Phone: 1-519-822-6618

Agri-food Management Institute:

Grenbelt Fund:




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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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