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Welcome to the

Hardwick, Vermont

The Center for an Agricultural Economy owns and manages the Vermont Food Venture Center, a craft food business incubator and shared-use commercial kitchen in Hardwick, VT.
We also market a farm-to-institution product line and a direct-to-store food delivery service.
As an organization, CAE is working to build a more robust, equitable and locally rooted farm and food economy that serves the Northern Vermont community through farm and food business support and community economic development.

October 27, 2021

12 Noon - 1:30 PM



Slideshow presentation featuring an overview of the facility
and the kind of work done to aid rural food producers.

Q&A Session

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Introducing our Presenters

Daniel Keeney, Farm and Food Business Advisor

      Â Daniel Keeney started with the CAE in December 2014 and is a St. Johnsbury, VT native. He completed his Masters’ Program in Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM, focusing on potential market demand in emerging agricultural markets, particularly for compost. He has worked with several Vermont farmers, in on-farm production and maintenance as well as direct market sales and delivery.

Connor Gorham, Facilities Manager

Connor Gorham, of Rochester, NH, has worked for the CAE/VFVC since May of 2011. He has a BA in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute and has a passion for food that only few can match. Connor has worked in fine dining and food manufacturing and currently oversees the daily operations of the food business incubation and facility management at VFVC. Connor has had a vision of working with food businesses and entrepreneurs for several years now and feels that he is living out his dream each and every day.


Our annual Student Scholarships are scheduled to be awarded in April 2022!

Without our normal activities...Food Expo and Meetings...we're counting on the support of our members and guests to raise the funds to provide these important Student Support!

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