Growing the local agriculture economy

Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) began as a grassroots, volunteer- led project and is spearheading the rebuilding of infrastructure necessary for agriculture to serve as a regional economic engine through the development of 2.93 acres of industrially zoned land with four existing buildings in the heart of Downtown Rutland.

VFFC will build wealth through economic activity generated by local food systems; promote health and food security through the connection to food and community; art, history, and learning connection to working landscape and Vermont heritage; operational and energy efficiency and sustainability; entrepreneurial, creative solutions; respect and involvement of individuals, community, and environment.

VFFC increases access and availability of locally produced food in the Rutland Region by expanding markets and market access, aggregation, and distribution of locally produced and value added agricultural products. VFFC is the initiative of the Vermont Farmers Market Education Center, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in Rutland, Vermont, in 2012.

To learn more about our programs that help us achieve our mission, see our Education, Food Access, and Infrastructure pages. 

Learn more about the history of how we got to the current global food system, and what Food Hubs like VFFC can do to relocalize the food system again.  Listen to Episode 9 of our Root Words podcast, "Vermont Food Hubs."