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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Changes on Tap: Challenges and Opportunities to Growing Rural Food Businesses LIMITED

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Farm and forest entrepreneurs are at the heart of rural landscape and an integral part of what makes those regions a quality place to live. The panelists include farmers and food and beverage entrepreneurs who are growing to scale to expand their markets, utilizing the natural resource base of our region to serve local markets as well as urban markets where there is a greater population and potential for customers. Radically Rural communities require pushing the envelope of exporting food and importing dollars to grow our region's farm economy while remaining committed to the land and the community. The innovative entrepreneurs on this panel will share how they have identified opportunities and overcome challenges to grow their businesses and expand their markets. 

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Richard Berkfield

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 for the past eight years. He is a member of the Vermont Farm to Plate Steering Committee as well as the Vermont Farm to School Steering C... Read More →

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Leigh Harding

National Account Manager, Jasper Hill Farm
Jasper Hill is a working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in Greensboro, VT.  An underground aging facility maximizes the potential of cheeses made by the creamery, as well as those made by other local producers.  Jasper Hill's mission is to make the highest possible quality... Read More →
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Nicole Carrier

Nicole is our Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, handling marketing, social media, technology, and business strategy. Besides collaborating with both the brewers and the kitchen team about new recipe ideas (especially sausage recipes!), Nicole’s favorite aspect... Read More →
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Rob Hausslein

Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind is run by Rob Hausslein, of Londonderry, Vermont, and Andrea Ogden, of Landgrove, Vermont. They, along with their respective families, have been sugaring together for years and are originators of their own flagship product, Smoked Maple Syrup.

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Cheshire County Conservation District

About UsThe Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) was created in 1945 as a governmental sub-division of the state to provide local leadership and decision-making for the protection of the land and water resources of the county. In other words, the CCCD represents the conservation... Read More →
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Monadnock Conservancy

MissionTo work with communities and landowners to conserve the natural resources, wild and working lands, rural character, and scenic beauty of the Monadnock region. We care for our conservation lands, and we engage people in ways that strengthen their communities and their connections... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Hannah Grimes Center 25 Roxbury St, Keene, NH 03431, USA