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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, 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

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

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals planning to create and/or manage a food hub
  • Those with food hub experience who are looking for their next step
  • Professionals seeking to develop their career in the sustainable food market
  • Staff members poised for leadership in enterprises meeting the rising demand for regionally sourced food

“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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