2015 Summit Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is Vermont’s largest and sole remaining statewide bank. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options. Merchants has 32 branches conveniently located around the state. Merchants Bank and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide. Merchants is proud to have earned several “Best Place to Work in Vermont” awards. For three consecutive years, American Banker ranked Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers. The ABA Banking Journal listed Merchants Bank #18 among their “Top 25” midsize standouts.


DIAMOND SPONSOR

greenmountain creameryThe GREEN MOUNTAIN CREAMERY brand, made in Brattleboro VT, adheres to a very basic philosophy: a healthy, responsibly made yogurt that tastes great, and is affordable! This is done by keeping it simple. The brand is made with only the things that make yogurt taste so good: Pure rBST-free milk, real fruit and berries (and in the case of maple- real maple syrup), and lots of live and active cultures. A portion of the profits from the sale of the product are returned directly to the farmers who supply the milk used to make it.


SILVER SPONSORS

AGRO LIVING: This website adds my voice to the current conversation regarding food, global aid and the environment. I think we need to concentrate on reassessing today’s challenges, then review, reprioritize and rethink our approaches so we can take effective, concrete action and realize our goals.


LINESYNC ARCHITECTURE  LineSync Architecture satisfies client needs through creativity, ingenuity, and attention to detail.  Social and environmental responsibility are integral. Innovative energy-efficient materials and methods are employed in all  projects:  institutional, commercial & residential.  For publications and awards: www.linesync.com


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PARTNERS

PrintMARLBORO COLLEGE — Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies offers Masters Degrees in management and education that develop the whole person, advancing careers and cultivating the skills and networks to excel in both life and work. Learning is designed around small, in-person classes at our campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, and is complemented by online work and collaboration. Studying at Marlboro means being a part of a rich learning community that supports academic and individual goals. The concept of “praxis”, a continuing cycle of learning and doing, inhabits the lives of our students as they apply their studies to their current jobs through class projects and real life experience. For more information, please go to marlboro.edu.


PrintWORLD LEARNING is a nonprofit organization working in more than 60 countries to advance leadership through education, exchange, and development programs. Our high school and undergraduate programs, The Experiment in International Living and SIT Study Abroad, provide students with immersive, life-transforming experiences in other cultures. SIT Graduate Institute offers master’s degrees and certificate programs in intercultural and international fields. SIT alumni are working worldwide to build healthy, sustainable communities, including here in southern Vermont.


Building Green BUILDING GREEN, Inc. provides authoritative information on sustainable design practices and products to building industry professional and higher education institutions. They publish Environmental Building News and GreenSpec®, a database of environmentally preferable building products.


SLOW MONEY‘S vision is to inspire new ways of thinking about what it means to be an investor in the 21st century, promoting principles of soil fertility, sense of place, cultural, ecological & economic diversity, and nurture capital. Slow Money is connecting investors to small food enterprises, catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems and stimulating a national conversation about finance, culture and the soil.


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BRONZE SPONSORS

 

KEURIG_LOGO_RGBKEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN —As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The Company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.


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PATRONS

Antioch University New England ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND in Keene, NH provides transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. We offer an MBA in Sustainability in accelerated, weekend, and fully online formats, a 16 month MS in Resource Management and Conservation program for working professionals, and other practice oriented master’s and doctoral programs in Environmental Studies, Education and Psychology.


Ben and Jerry logo 248BEN & JERRY’S started in 1978 as a community scoop shop in Burlington, VT.  It now produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including dairy from Vermont family farmers who are members of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH.  Ben & Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchised Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, is a Vermont corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, and a certified B Corp, operating its business on a Mission Statement emphasizing a sustainable concept of linked prosperity for stakeholders throughout its three mission pillars of product quality, economic reward and progressive social change. Contributions in 2013 made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation totaled about $2-million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. For more, please visit www.benjerry.com.


logo-ben-and-jerrys-foundationThe mission of the BEN & JERRY’S FOUNDATION is to engage Ben & Jerry’s employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots activism and community organizing for social and environmental justice around the country. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation proudly sponsors the Summit’s Food Justice & Access track.


Farm Credit NortheastFARM CREDIT NORTHEAST AgENHANCEMENT is an ongoing educational campaign that supports programs, projects, events, and other activities that promote and strengthen agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing industries in the region. This joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank promotes northeast agriculture, supports young and beginning farmer initiatives and encourages agricultural youth programs. Since its inception in 1996, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement has awarded more than $1.65 million through 618 grants.


Grassroots Capital Management
GRASSROOTS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT is an impact investment manager based in the US. Grassroots and its India-based partner, Caspian Advisors, co-manage four microfinance funds. Grassroots activities are motivated by a belief that those blessed with abundant human and financial resources have an obligation to pursue economic justice and community empowerment both at home and globally. We seek out and collaborate actively with others with shared values.


The flagship projects of the LINTILHAC FOUNDATION have been the support of the midwifery program at Fletcher Allen Health Care and support for student scholarships and scientific research at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. The Foundation has also moved aggressively to address consumer and environmental advocacy issues and believes it is important to make polluters — not taxpayers — pay to clean up toxic wastes and pollution in Vermont streams and ground water. The Foundation also works to foster a new generation of clean, renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.


TrilliumLogoTRILLIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT is the oldest investment advisor exclusively focused on sustainable and responsible investing (SRI). We believe examining environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors as an integrated part of the investment process can lower portfolio risk and help identify the best managed companies. With over $1.4 billion in assets under management, we have been managing equity and fixed income investments for high net worth individuals, foundations, endowments, religious institutions, and other non-profits since 1982. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, our goal is to deliver both impact and performance to our investors.


TRUST COMPANY OF VERMONT is employee-owned and Vermont-based in perpetuity. We offer both clients and staff a stable environment where relationships can endure for generations. Our 24 professionals practice the crafts of trust administration and investment management with the knowledge and skill to promote individual client objectives with flexibility and focus. Several of the founders of The Trust Company of Vermont were responsible for the creation of one of the first socially responsible Common Trust Funds in the country.


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SUSTAINING SPONSORS

CABOT CREAMERY is a 1200+ farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England and upstate New York and a long tradition of producing award-winning products.  Our cooperative roots date back to 1919 and we are proud to be the first dairy co-op certified as a B corp.


FARM TO PLATE is Vermont’s statewide food system plan legislatively directed to increase economic development and jobs in Vermont’s farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The ten year Farm to Plate Strategic Plan to strengthen the working landscape, build the resilience of farms and food enterprises, improve environmental quality, and increase healthy, local food access for all Vermonters is being implemented by the Farm to Plate Network—over 350 farm and food sector businesses, non-profits, institutions, and government agencies from across the state. Farm to Plate is coordinated by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a non-profit organization based in Montpelier, Vermont. Learn more at www.VTFarmtoPlate.com.



THE FRANKLIN COUFranklin County CDCNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
 (FCCDC) is the place to go for business counseling, capital and connections in Western MA. The FCCDC’s Western MA Food Processing Center provides solutions for farms and food entrepreneurs throughout New England. Our team will work with you to bring value added, season extended, and specialty food products to market. Fully certified commercial kitchen available for you to get started right. Are you seeking opportunities to grow a food business? Learn more at www.fccdc.org



MinutemanPress
At MINUTEMAN PRESS – BRATTLEBORO, just as we believe it’s important for us to know who you are and how you approach your business, we also believe it’s important for you to know who we are and how we approach ours. Here you’ll learn about the people, culture and capabilities that make our company unique. If you want to know where we’re located, our hours of operation or simply what makes us tick, just follow the provided links for more information. Once you take the time to find out what we’re all about, we’re confident you’ll like what you see.


NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS has been publishing books to build a new society for over 30 years. We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change.


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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Chelsea Green Publishing
Founded in 1984, CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING is regarded as the preeminent independent publisher of books on the practice and politics of sustainability. Recent publications include Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson; Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman; The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins; and The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery.


THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF VERMONT  is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With twelve locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access twenty degree and six certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services. http://ccv.edu


Cooperative Fund of New England THE COOPERATIVE FUND OF NEW ENGLAND (CFNE)was founded in 1975 by co-op activists and social investors to provide financial and technical assistance to food cooperatives. Since then, the organization has expanded its focus, offering development loans and technical assistance to a wide range of co-ops and nonprofit groups that share CFNE’s vision of equality, justice, and social responsibility. CFNE is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York).


EVERYONE’S BOOKS in Brattleboro is our Summit book vendor — stop by their table at lunchtime to browse and purchase books by Summit authors. The store, located at 25 Elliott Street, is a family-owned independent bookstore specializing in books about social change, the environment, and multicultural children’s books. Many of their books are by original, creative, and progressive authors. Everyone’s books is committed to providing a friendly, personal place where folks can come to shop, meet, rant about right-wing government, nurse a baby, or learn.


FIELDSTONE CAPITAL PARTNERS is a Vermont-based private investment firm that provides long-term capital, strategic guidance, and operational support to companies well positioned for profitable growth. We invest our capital and professional expertise in helping business owners take their companies to the next level while building long lasting business value. Visit www.FieldstoneCap.com.


HAWTHORNE VALLEY ASSOCIATION: Since 1972, Hawthorne Valley Association has been dedicated to promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture, and the arts. The 400-acre campus includes an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; working Biodynamic farm; on-farm education programs; a full-line natural foods store; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher training programs; and more. Our work is based on genuine human relationships, wonder and love of nature, and continued commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in a social context. Visitors welcome! For more information, please call 518-672-4465, visit www.hawthornevalleyassociation.org, or stop by 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075.


HSUSTHE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.  A fundamental goal of The Humane Society of the United States is higher animal welfare standards on the farm. We celebrate traditional farmers and ranchers who live up to such standards—for the sake of animals, the land, and local communities. We facilitate the connection of these farmers and ranchers to consumers who share humane values. By highlighting farms that exemplify the best practices and helping connect these farms to the market, we promote policies that foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship. Working together with each other and within agriculture communities is another step toward building a more humane economy.



Iroquois Valley FarmsIROQUOIS VALLEY FARMS LLC
is a food and farmland company making impact investments in local and organic agriculture following triple bottom line principles. Formed in 2007, Iroquois Valley Farms was the first socially responsible farmland company in the United States focused on supporting sustainable food production and the mid-size family farmer. Iroquois Valley Farms is committed to preserving farmland, facilitating organic land management practices, supporting local food markets, providing land access opportunities to family farmers and creating values-based agriculture investment opportunities. Offering a uniquely corporate and indefinitely scalable opportunity to benefit from the production of healthy and nutritious foods, the Company has purchased over 3000 acres of farmland, all of which is certified organic or in transition to organic production. The owned farmland is leased through long term tenancies to farmers that are independently operating their own family farm business. Corporate revenues and profitability are directly connected to the growing businesses of these farmers.


Jade MountainJADE MOUNTAIN WELLNESSS in Burlington, VT provides individualized natural health care for the whole family, from toddlers to seniors. We provide acupuncture, non-needle treatments, and customized western and eastern herbal formulas to address a wide variety of physical, mental and  emotional symptoms, prevent their re-occurrence, and promote long-lasting health. We are committed to the well-being of our patients, our community and the environment. Visit us at jademtwellness.com.   


REBECCA M. JONES, MD, DERMATOLOGY  Our goal is to provide for our patients and their families: quality care and compassion, respect and consideration. We wish to be a positive influence in the healthcare field, and to deliver good medicine.


MERRITT & MERRITT & MOULTON is a B Corporation law firm based in Burlington, Vermont representing emerging growth companies with a focus on financing and intellectual property. The firm also represents angel, family office, venture capital and private equity investors and is an active participant in the New England venture ecosystem. Ken Merritt, Managing Director of Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, is a Founding Member of the Slow Money Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Investors’ Circle (Incubator of Slow Money).


THE NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise. To find a food co-op near you, please visit www.nfca.coop.


REAL PICKLES is a small, worker-owned cooperative based in western Massachusetts producing pickled products that are raw, vinegar-free, and 100% organic. Our products are made using the traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world. In support of a regional food system, we buy all of our vegetables from family farms in the Northeast and sell our products only within the Northeast. For more information please, visit www.realpickles.com.


Slow Living®   —  Soul of the New Artisan Economy — is your source for discovering the news, people and companies defining the local, slow, artisan movement of today. Founded in 2010 by Jason Drebitko, the company’s goal is to be the world’s leading brand community, media outlet, e-commerce and business directory showcasing and supporting authentic products, companies and experiences that emphasize quality over quantity, along with environmental and social responsibility. Drebitko coined the term Slow Living® as a consumer behavior philosophy that translates across product categories into purchasing decisions based on a common set of product characteristics. These include: the highest quality construction and materials; traditional processes involving high levels of skill and substantial hand work; low volume and often individual production; inherent beauty; vernacular reverence; attention to design and detail; and heritage or brand story. slowlivingtoday.com


StakeholdersSTAKEHOLDERS CAPITAL is a full service investment management firm committed to advancing Sustainable Responsible Investing (SRI). We create and manage portfolios for individuals, businesses and foundations that meet both their financial goals and ethical standards.  StakeHolders offers a sophisticated strategy to reduce volatility. We invest in funds based on a conviction that they offer competitive returns with access to broad diversification at a lower cost to clients. StakeHolders Capital is independent and does not receive commissions or referral fees of any kind.  To learn more, visit us at: www.stakeholderscapital.com.


SterlingCollege248STERLING COLLEGE is a small and progressive liberal arts college in northern Vermont. Our small size, our environmental focus, and our commitment to grassroots sustainability all make us unique. Sterling College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ecology, Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture. Students can also choose to design their own major, and some examples include Agroecology, Environmental Justice, Conservation Education, and International Agriculture and Business. Sterling was among the very first colleges in the United States to link the liberal arts to environmental stewardship. Sterling believes that the well-being of humanity depends on small, interconnected communities, committed to conscientious practices in agriculture and energy use, and in stewardship of our air, soil, and water. Additionally, as the only federally recognized Work College in the Northeast, all students work to support the community, regardless of financial aid award.


Whetstone StationTHE WHETSTONE STATION is an independently owned restaurant and brewery featuring inspired brewpub fare and homemade, local and international craft brews. Started in the summer of 2012, the Whetstone has both indoor and outdoor seating, highlighted by a rooftop Bier Garten and stone-fireplaced dining room and bar. They are open seven days a week from 11:30 until late and host a number of events including Trivia Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays live music and Community Pint Nights.


VermontTech_stackVERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two primary campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, and at nine nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu


Vermont Wilderness SchoolTHE WINDHAM REGIONAL CAREER CENTER is a regional career and technical school providing a diverse selection of career preparation programs for all students attending the Brattleboro Campus. The courses and programs are designed to allow students great flexibility in developing a course of study that supports personal and career development. The Center also offers adult education and workforce development opportunities for the Windham county region. Contact us via www.wrccvt.com or call 802-451-3965.


TheWorks250THE WORKS BAKERY CAFE  — community cafes featuring delicious sandwiches made with hormone and antibiotic meats and local cage-free eggs, served on artisan breads and traditional N.Y. style bagels.


Vermont Wilderness School VERMONT WILDERNESS SCHOOL specializes in programming for children and adults focused on cultivating long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills. Our programs include the Southern Vermont Permaculture Design Course, Oyase Community School, Full Moon Girls, Otter Day Camp and the Vermont Art of Mentoring Workshop. Inspired by the ways of Earth-based, indigenous cultures, we envision a future where the majority of our needs are met in a vibrant, local economy that serves both humans and nature alike.



YANKEE FARM CREDIT is a farmers credit cooperative. It is part of the national Farm Credit System created by Congress in 1916. Yankee Farm Credit provides $450 million in loans to 1,300 customers throughout Vermont and neighboring counties in New York and New Hampshire. The association also provides financial services including recordkeeping, tax preparation, and crop insurance. Yankee Farm Credit serves all types of agriculture including the forest products industry. The cooperative is owned by its member-customers and governed by farmer-directors. A portion of profits is returned to members as patronage refunds. For more information please see www.yankeeaca.com.


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LODGING PARTNERS

  • Super 8, Brattleboro — (802) 254-8889
  • Latchis Hotel, Brattleboro — (802) 254-6300
  • Hampton Inn, Brattleboro —  (802) 254-5700
  • Colonial Motel, Brattleboro — (802) 257-7733

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FOOD SPONSORS

We appreciate the healthy foods donated by these in-kind sponsors:

Against the Grain, Bruegger’s Bagels, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cape Cod Chips, Castleton Crackers, Commonwealth Dairy, Drew’s All Natural, Equal Exchange, G Housen, Grafton Village Cheese, Green Mountain Coffee, Green Mountain Flour, Horizon Organic, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Rudi’s Organic Bread, Runa, Stonewood Farm, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, Vermont Natural Water, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Yolo Snack

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Additional in-kind assistance from:

Taylor for Flowers — KeyBank

    


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MEDIA PARTNERS