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Thursday, September 24 • 11:00am - 12:45pm
Crazy Good: Food Hubs? Key to Vibrant Rural Communities

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Are you a busy farmer looking for innovative ways to sell your products? Or a Co-op or restaurant manager looking for local farm products? Or a mindful consumer? Food hubs to the rescue! Food hubs help small farmers with production, distribution, and marketing services, and these services increase the economic strength of rural communities.

Food hubs are growing, with more than 200 in the United States, and becoming an established sector that contributes to the vitality of a region’s economy. They support local farmers and help boost profits. Join a panel from food hub communities for an inside peek into how successful hubs operate. Leave with a vision to initiate a food hub in your region and contribute to the vibrancy of your rural community’s culture, economy and food system.

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Ben Hewitt

Donor Relations Lead, Rural Vermont
Ben was born and raised in rural northern Vermont, where he currently lives with his family on a 100-acre hillside homestead. He's the author of numerous books, including The Town That Food Saved, and is the Donor Relations Lead for Rural Vermont, a grassroots non-profit organization... Read More →


Andre Cantelmo

Founder, Three River Farmers Alliance
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France Hahn

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Kearsarge Food Hub
France is a co-founder and co-director of the Kearsarge Food Hub. She brings to KFH a deep passion for stewarding the agricultural landscape of New Hampshire and increasing access to local food in her community. Over the past five years with KFH, France has worked diligently to lay... Read More →
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Lauren Howard

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Kearsarge Food Hub
Lauren is a co-founder and co-director of the Kearsarge Food Hub (KFH). She grew up in Southern Maine and received a Bachelors in Arts & Science in Cognitive Science from McGill University. In 2015, she moved to Bradford and joined ranks with France Hahn, a good friend from college... Read More →
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Mary Macdonald

Co-Owner/Co-Founder, The Belknap Foodshed and Genuine Local
What started as a family hobby (KCBS competition BBQ team) has evolved into a specialty food production accelerator (Genuine Local) and an ag-based maker space (The Belknap Foodshed). Genuine Local has been supporting small food producers since 2015, including providing production... Read More →
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Richard Berkfield

Founder/ Executive Director, Food Connects
Richard is the co-founder and Executive Director of Food Connects. He has been leading food system development work in the Windham County area since 2008. Richard holds a M.A. from SIT Graduate Institute in Sustainable Development with a focus on Food Security for Vermont, as well... Read More →

Thursday September 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:45pm EDT
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