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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

What's Growin' On

An online community of farmers in the Rutland region hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Last Call Registration! - Online Business Courses - Beginning & Advanced!

Mara Hearst


The Farmer's Edge - Chef's Edition

A year-long online business course for farmers and food businesses. The course begins THIS Wednesday, January 11th, but there are still 1-2 spots available. The class meets once a month for two hours. See the web link here for more details: The Farmers Edge

Course offered by Julia Shanks, Food Consulting. Contact Julia directly at julia@juliashanks.com or at 617-945-8718.


Growing Places: A short, online-course for aspiring and start-up farmers

Dates: January 16-February 6, 2017
Location: Online
Cost: $150

Growing Places is a non-credit, Extension course that helps beginning farmers and ranchers learn the nuts and bolts of successful farm business start-up. Topics include goal-setting, resource assessment, decision-making, risk assessment, and financial and marketing basics

More course information and online registration can be found on the UVM Extension New Farmer Project website. For additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.


Producer-Buyers Forum - March 10 - Middlebury

Jen Miller

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 1 PM. Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  Local foods lunch served at noon.
LocationWilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Middlebury College, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT

This is the 1st Annual ACORN Producer and Buyer Forum: Where Meeting, Marketing and Selling Happens on March 10, 2016 at Middlebury College's Wilson Hall in the McCullough Student Center. This Forum will include a Buyers' Round Table on emerging local food market opportunities, breakout sessions with buyers, and marketing insights from Skillet Creative, a Vermont firm specializing in food companiesOur goal is to introduce local food producers to new, viable regional opportunities.

Questions? Contact Annie Harlow: annieharlowahh@gmail.com, 802-922-7060

Please register now, space is limited. 

Price: $10 (Includes coffee, refreshments and a local foods lunch)