Thursday, June 1st – Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont

We believe the best way to directly impact the growth of the food and agriculture economy is to invest in the local communities, businesses, and farms that support it.

That’s why starting with this Summit, Strolling of the Heifers is narrowing its focus and getting down to business. The principles and spirit of Slow Living will continue to guide our approach to conscious business.

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of our national and local economy. But growing a business is hard work and the survival rate of startup and early stage businesses is less than 20%.

So how do you start or grow a conscious small business?

You leverage the tools, resources, mentorship and knowledge from emerging and seasoned entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts with food and agriculture know-how.

The 2017 Summit will cover the Entrepreneur to Table lifecycle including: how to bootstrap your business, branding and marketing strategies, distribution, local sourcing, creating and implementing a sustainable business model, the stages of financing, design thinking, lean startup, time management for innovation, and more.

Learn from the experiences, challenges, and learnings of seven emerging entrepreneurs  based upon their involvement with Windham Grows Business Hatchery.

The interactive Summit design also includes Speed Dating for Entrepreneurs and an Idea Slam session where participants can get immediate feedback on their businesses or idea from successful entrepreneurs and investors.

Get the tools, resources, mentorship and knowledge you need to start and grow your business. You don’t have to be established entrepreneur to get value out of the Summit!


SUMMIT TRACKS

FARM TO TABLE

Find the hidden business opportunities in the process of bringing food all the way from its infancy on a farm to a plate in a home or restaurant. Finding and capitalizing on these opportunities is good for the community, food system and your business!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Tactics and tools you need to take your conscious food business from an idea to reality. Whether you have an established business you want to grow or an idea for a new business venture, marketing, innovation, and financing are key.

PERMACULTURE

How do you turn permaculture practices into a self-sustaining business? Learn how to properly and efficiently run, and finance a permaculture based businesses from real-life practitioners.

 

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Come and discover Brattleboro!

The Summit takes place in the non-traditional conference surroundings of Main Street, Brattleboro — a small community in southern Vermont, long renowned for its commitment to healthy, local, sustainable living and technology, for its vibrant communities of visual and performance artists, craftspeople, poets and writers, and for the diversity of its shops, restaurants and galleries. In turn Brattleboro is a gateway to the Green Mountains and Vermont.

Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of supporting

and sustaining family farms and local food systems by connecting people with healthy local food. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also organize a Vermont Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, and we publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.

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About Strolling of the Heifers

Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of supporting and sustaining family farms and local food systems by connecting people with healthy local food. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also organize a Vermont Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, and we publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.

In a major new initiative to further our mission, in November 2013 we acquired a prominently-located downtown Brattleboro building, the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (where Summit lunches and receptions take place), which has 4500 square foot of open space used since 2001 for public events, performances, lectures and exhibits. Under our stewardship of this community resource, we plan to maintain the public uses of the building, but also to create exhibits and programming that are related to our own focus areas of local food, food systems, and healthy sustainable living — a Farm/Food Education Center.

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Photo credits

Brattleboro Rainbow: photo by Craig S. O’Connell, used under Creative Commons License

Apple: Photo by Rick Payette, Used under Creative Commons License