2016 Summit Sponsors

2016 Summit Sponsors


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.


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.



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.

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

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.




KEURIG_LOGO_RGBKEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN —Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is reimagining how beverages can be created, personalized, and enjoyed, fresh-made in homes and workplaces. We are a personal beverage system company revolutionizing the beverage experience through the power of innovative technology and strategic brand partnerships. With an expanding family of more than 80 beloved brands and more than 575 beverage varieties, our Keurig® hot and Keurig® KOLD™ beverage systems deliver great taste, convenience, and choice at the push of a button. As a company founded on social responsibility, we are committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through our work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, thriving communities, and a water-secure world. Keurig is now a private business owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co. For more information visit:www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig products visit:www.keurig.comwww.keurig.ca, www.keurig.co.uk



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.

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.



 HOMEADhomeadvisor_logo_2996VISOR is the free and easy way for homeowners to find and connect with trusted home improvement, maintenance and repair professionals. As the nation’s largest online home improvement marketplace, we’ve connected more than 35 million homeowners to our network of pre-screened home service professionals since we started in 1999. And, because planning is integral to the completion of any great home project, we also offer design inspiration, budgeting tools and advice. With more than two million verified pro reviews and one of the industry’s most comprehensive screening processes, HomeAdvisor gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you hired a pro you can trust.

CY_LOGO_HORIZONTAL_RGBAt CLEAN YIELD, we help our clients meet their long-term financial goals while making a positive difference in the world. For more than three decades, we have built custom portfolios for our clients that actively channel investment dollars toward a more just and environmentally sustainable economy. Clean Yield has facilitated impact investments worth over $15 million, invested on behalf of more than 50 clients in over 30 impact investment offerings. We co-founded Slow Money Vermont, actively participate in the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and are incorporated as a Vermont Benefit Corporation. Clean Yield has approximately $285 million under management.

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.

 (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

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.



AWA Logo FinalANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED (AWA) audits, certifies and supports farmers who raise their animals according to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Often referred to as a “badge of honor for farmers” and the “gold standard,” AWA is the most highly regarded food label in North America when it comes to sustainability, animal welfare and pasture-based farming. This is the only truly pasture-based certification: no cages, crates, or feedlots. Annual audits are at no cost to farmers.

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.

Community Capital of VTCOMMUNITY CAPITAL OF VERMONT is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. Our loans range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be used for business start-up or growth and expansion. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans. Community Capital is the “go-to” lender for entrepreneurs who require business start-up and expansion financing but are unable to secure bank financing. We serve as a stepping stone for entrepreneurs, helping them build the sales, experience, and credit to become sustainable, successful, and bankable businesses in the future. Website: http://www.communitycapitalvt.org/

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).

Duo RestaurantDUO RESTAURANT — duo Restaurant has captured the true essence of the Main St. restaurant – simple food, a low-key but polished ambience and a hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts and the partnership with local farmers and food artisans is real. After being in Brattleboro for less than 2 years they have over 50 partnerships they have developed. Visit them for craft cocktails, dinner everyday or brunch on Saturdays & Sundays.

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.

HAWTHORNE VALLEY ASSOCIATIONSince 1972, Hawthorne Valley Association has been dedicated to promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture, and the arts. The 500-acre campus includes an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; working Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; a farm artisan foods division that includes a biodynamic creamery, organic bakery, and fermentation cellar; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education 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.

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 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, 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).

Milk Money_GreenMILK MONEY L3C is Vermont’s first third-party equity crowdfunding portal. The company’s website, www.MilkMoneyVT.com, was launched in July 2015 with a mission to put the means for creating new businesses, a strong local economy and personal wealth within the reach of all Vermonters. Based in Charlotte, Vermont, it was founded by two seasoned entrepreneurs who identified a hole in the early stage capital market and created a solution that takes advantage of the Vermont Small Business Offering regulatory updates of July 2014. Milk Money is powered by VSECU through its wholly owned, independently operated, subsidiary, Vermont Heritage Financial Group, Inc. Investments made through Milk Money are not federally insured by NCUA, involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the credit union.

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.

SC-logo-floraSolarCity provides no cost solar to homeowners who are then allowed to buy their electricity from the panels at a discount over the utility. With SolarCity, there is no financing, no hidden fees, and no cost other than paying less for the green electricity you produce yourself. SolarCity owns, warrants, maintains, and insures the system for the life of the agreement leaving you nothing to worry about!

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

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.

VCF logo circle typeThe VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.

WESTON PRICE LOGOTHE WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION is a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to continuing Dr. Weston A. Price’s research of traditional foods and to returning nutrient-dense foods. We foster these goals through a worldwide network of local chapters, a quarterly journal, educational brochures, a yearly shopping guide, an annual conference, and activism on the state and federal levels.

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.

VTFOODBANKVERMONT FOODBANK is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In FY2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters.  The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org.

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.

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.



  • Colonial Motel, Brattleboro — (802) 257-7733
  • Comfort Inn, Brattleboro — (802) 579-1344
  • Hampton Inn, Brattleboro — (802) 254-5700
  • Latchis Hotel, Brattleboro — (802) 254-6300
  • Super 8, Brattleboro — (802) 254-8889



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


The New England House
Entera Artisanal Catering

Against the Grain, Bruegger’s Bagels, Cape Cod Chips, Castleton Crackers, Commonwealth Dairy, Cosmos Creations, Deep River Snacks, Drew’s All Natural, Equal Exchange, Farrell Distribution, G Housen, Grafton Village Cheese, Green Mountain Coffee, Green Mountain Flour, Horizon Organic, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, Vermont Natural Water, Vermont Smoke & Cure

Additional in-kind assistance from:

Taylor for Flowers 

Jouve North America




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