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Learning the Business of Local Food in the UVM Food Hub Program

Benjamin Bartley’s career has touched many facets of the food industry, from baker, cook, and butcher to educator, advocate, and program director. The University of Florida alumnus, who graduated with degrees in religion and political science, completed UVM’s Food Hub Management Certificate Program last year. Now a value chain specialist at La Montañita Co-op in […]

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UVM Program Helps Students Navigate the Complexities & Rewards of Food Hubs

By Sarah Tuff Dunn What does it mean to be a food hub? That’s the question hundreds of communities across the United States are asking as they seek meaningful partnerships with local farmers to provide sustainable, healthy sources of fare—and an answer UVM is now answering with its Food Hub Management Program. Students can choose […]

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Kim Bayer Helps Envision Michigan’s Food Hub Future

Kim Bayer, center, of the Washtenaw Food Hub. By Mariette Landry While working as project manager and co-founder of the Washtenaw Food Hub, a 16-acre historic farm located north of Ann Arbor, Mich., Kim Bayer enrolled in UVM’s 10-month Food Hub Management Professional Certificate Program. “There were so many great things about the program,” she […]

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Food Hub Management Alumna Pushes the Boundaries of Local

By Mariette Landry Five years ago, UVM Food Hub Management program graduate Lisa Reeder worked part-time to provide sales, purchasing, and warehouse support at Local Food Hub in Charlottesville, Va. From there, she moved on to Grower Services and Purchasing, and in 2013, she became Local Food Hub’s Value Chain Coordinator. In this role, Reeder […]

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Research and Education Drive Vermont’s Farm & Food Economy

By Matt Sayre The purpose of education is to promote social progress. Research universities, such as the University of Vermont, were founded on the belief that teaching and research must be inseparable. Research at UVM helps create new knowledge with the potential to inform action, determine what progress really looks like, and identify the best […]

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UVM Students Find Local Food Hub Inspiration in Vermont

The temperature was 12 below when a busload of UVM students arrived at a nondescript business park off Route 100 in Waitsfield. From the outside, the green, industrial building didn’t look like a thriving food enterprise. But on the inside – with 4,000 square-feet of freezers, storage, a loading dock, and processing space – it […]

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Why Food Hubs Need Skilled Employees for Long-Term Viability

Food hubs are gaining traction in the local food movement. But as with any viable enterprise, operating a food hub requires a diverse set of skills to succeed. The United States Department of Agriculture announced last month that it’s spending millions to support local food and regional food systems – including food hubs – and […]

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