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Annual Meeting (2020)

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**This event is at capacity and no tickets will be available at the door.


The 24th Vermont Fresh Network Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 28th, 10:00 - 4:00, The Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield

Networking - Panels - Discussions

The VFN Annual Meeting is a chance to connect with farmers, food producers, distributors, chefs and other culinary professionals. It combines panel discussions and plenty of informal networking opportunities, plus a chance to shape VFN's work for the upcoming year. You do not have to be a VFN Partner Member to attend our annual meetings (although only Partner Members can vote).

Please REGISTER to secure your spot: $15 members, $25 non-members.  Includes lunch.

This year, topics will focus on agritourism, workforce development, the Vermont wine industry, and our upcoming 25th anniversary. 

Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members, with student discounts available. Not a member yet? We have Supporting Memberships and Partner Memberships - learn more here.

Meeting Agenda


10:00 - 10:30  Registration & Coffee 

10:30 - 11:00  Plenary  - VFN Business  

        • VFN year in review 
        • Financial Update
        • 2020 Plans

11:00 - 11:30  Break & Networking

11:30 - 12:30  Vermont Agritourism 2020 – Food and farm tourism plays an important role in Vermont's economy. We'll be discussing trends, challenges, and opportunities for the VFN community. 


Lisa Chase (Farm-to-Plate Agritourism Task Force & UVM Extension)

Panelists include:

  • Ashlyn Bristle (Rebop Farm, Brattleboro)
  • Sara DeFilippi (Vermont Department of Tourism)
  • Todd Heyman (Fat Sheep Farm, Hartland)
  • Mary Tuthill (Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield)

12:30 - 1:15  Lunch

1:15 - 2:00  Vermont as a wine region - A brief presentation about VFN's VT wine project, followed by round table conversations / Q&A with our local winemakers.

2:00 - 2:30 Break & Snacks 

2:30 - 3:30 Reimagining Vermont’s workforce to thrive in 2020 and beyond: We'll discuss the current challenges in Vermont for our farms and restaurants. And we'll look at what large and small businesses are doing to solve and work around their staffing issues (alternative staffing models, employee recruitment and retention). 


 Commissioner Michael Harrington (Vermont Department of Labor)

Panelists include:

  • Cara Chigazola Tobin (Chef-Owner, Honey Road - Burlington)
  • Kate Hays (Director of Dining, Wake Robin - Shelburne)
  • Tim Fishburne (Sales Manager, Pete's Greens - Craftsbury)
  • Gary Symolon (Regional Frontline Recruitment, Sodexo)

3:30  Program Concludes

4:00 - 5:00 After Party: Join us at Mad River Taste Place to celebrate the day!


Thank you to our sponsors. . . 

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