New Feature Story: Growing Local Food Sales in Face of New Marketplace Challenges

THE CENTER FOR AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY’S VERMONT FOOD VENTURE CENTER IN HARDWICK.  PHOTO BY TODD BALFOUR.

THE CENTER FOR AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY’S VERMONT FOOD VENTURE CENTER IN HARDWICK. PHOTO BY TODD BALFOUR.

We are in a precarious moment where gains made by Farm to Plate and Eat Local initiatives to grow and diversify Vermont’s agricultural opportunities are threatened by consolidation in the retail food industry. This feature story, longer than our typical blog post, explains why High Meadows is committing its time and financial resources to helping nonprofit food hubs scale up to better connect modest-scale farms to consumers who want both healthy food and a fair wage to the farmer. We expect to learn a lot from our partners in this work.