Grace Initiative Coming to VFFC

We are very proud to be hosting this event in collaboration with the Grace Initiative, Bennington College, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, and the Northshire Bookstore. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day and the UN Commission on Status of Women a discussion on the theme of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Peaceful and Inclusive Societies as been organized for this coming weekend. This event follows the successful G77 retreat in Vermont in September 2016 on Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable and Resilient communities, under the chairmanship of Thailand.   To this end, a delegation of Women Ambassadors and diplomats from the United Nations, will participate in inter-active discussions in Manchester, Bennington and Rutland.  

The women diplomats will come to Manchester, Bennington and Rutland Vermont and discuss the recent UN CSW. They will connect its theme of Women’s Empowerment to and peaceful and inclusive societies. 

The panel discussions will take place in Manchester, at the Northshire Book Store, in Bennington; at Bennington College, CAPA; and, in Rutland, at the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC). 

 The first event will take place at the Northshire Bookstore on 31 March at 6 PM.  At Bennington College at 11:00 am, and at VFFC at 1:00 PM.  These events will take place in the format of a Vermont town hall meeting.  For further information, please email: contact@grace-initiative.org


VFFC Works To Fill Processing, Aggregation and Storage Needs For Local Food Producers

In the last several years, there have been explorations into developing a shared-use, commercial kitchen in Rutland.  The Vermont Farmers Food Center recognizes there is a need for a commercial kitchen as well as food aggregation and storage facilities.  We’ve recently completed a community survey and are compiling the results to better understand and fill the specific needs. We’re now working on transitioning from our feasibility study into the implementation phase. Our goal is to increase our capacity to contribute to the many food access and food system development efforts in the Rutland region.

What is a Shared-Use Kitchen?

The concept of a Shared-Use Kitchen is to assist food entrepreneurs by providing access to commercial kitchen equipment in a shared-use space, to prepare and process food for the consumer and wholesale market.  The facility will meet all state and federal licensing regulations while also providing a supportive environment for incubating business ideas.

What are Food Aggregation and Storage Facilities?

These are buildings designed to increase the capacity of farmers and food entrepreneurs to store crops, ingredients and product while also creating marketing and distributions options.  Features include multiple temperature and humidity controlled storage environments, loading docks, and office space.  This facility will also meet all state and federal licensing regulations.

 

VFFC appreciates the valuable time you spent responding to our survey. With your help we’ve identified the needs and opportunities for a commercial kitchen and we’re moving the project forward. The information you provided will be central in determining exactly how the shared-use commercial kitchen and food-aggregation facilities will come together in the months ahead. From existing producer-businesses to those looking for a startup opportunity, it’s our goal help you generate more opportunity for your businesses in the Rutland area.

 


VFFC's Second Annual Summer Harvest Fest!

Sunday, August 14, 2016  at Vermont Farmers Food Center, 251 West Street Rutland, VT

Festivities begin at 3pm

  • Locally Grown Farm Feast
  • Art, Auction, Music & More
  • Call now to reserve your tickets 802-342-4727, $40 per person, kids 6 and under free.
  • Volunteers and Donors Welcome, email vfmrutland@gmail.com 
  • Proceeds benefit completion of VFFC’s Farmers Hall Market and Events Center, A new Commercial Food Processing Facility, A new Four Season Food Storage and Prep building and Development of Community Garden Area
  • Stay tuned for exciting updates as the date approaches! 

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