The Future of Farm & Food Entrepreneurship
Presented by Windham Grows
Thursday, May 31st – Friday, June 1st, 2018
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
How can you create and grow a resilient food business that affects your community in a positive way, while supporting your family?
The Future of Farm & Food Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 focuses on growing conscious food and agriculture businesses, giving current and aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, resources, and mentorship needed to evolve businesses, create positive change in your community, and revolutionize the future of food.
Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Green Mountain College
Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies
Author, Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible
CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.
Managing Director, Baldwin Investment Management, LLC
Program Director, The Sandy River Charitable Foundation
Founder and CEO of Bagel Works Inc
Director, Food Sol at Babson College
Rachel teaches food entrepreneurship and directs Food Sol at Babson College, a platform for food entrepreneurs to gather, connect ideas, and build their ventures. Her writing has appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Boston Globe. The Economist and Financial Times have recognized Food Sol as a leader in food entrepreneurship education. Beyond Babson, Rachel advises her husband's Italian food-tourism company Food Stories Travel and is a Board Advisor to the Boston Public Market Association.
Director of Business Programs, Vermont Community Loan Fund
Garlic Grower and Founder at Bulbs of Fire
Founder of Seventh Generation, Magic Hat, and Alchemy & Science
Co-Owner, High Meadows Farm
Co-Founder, Flourish Farm
Steve Swanson is the co-founder, along with his wife Jen, of Flourish Farm, the first cricket farm in Vermont. After the birth of their first child, Steve and Jen began researching food production and quickly realized that the system was broken. They then came across a report released by the UN in 2013 (Edible Insects, Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security) and thus began their experiment with edible insects, specifically crickets. They are currently settling in to their new facility in Williston.
Founder & Executive Director, Strolling of the Heifers
Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Co-Founder and Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital in Shelburne, Vermont, and serves as a managing director of the Fund. He serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday, Budnitz Bicyles and Mamava. Prior to starting FreshTracks Cairn was a strategic and financial adviser to Vermont banks and growth businesses, the assistant general manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. from 1996 to 1998, and spent a decade working as a commercial banker. In 2014 he created Road Pitch — a four day motorcycle tour around Vermont bringing investors and entrepreneurs to seven towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. He is a former member of the Vermont Board of Public Accountancy and was formerly a director and vice chairman of Opportunities Credit Union and formerly a director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund. In 2011, the United States Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England and National Financial Services Champion. He earned a B.S. (1981) from Montana State University and an MBA (1987) from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). He received a graduate certificate from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1995.
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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.
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.