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Annual Meeting 2024

Thank you for your interest in the Vermont Fresh Network Annual Meeting. Registration is now closed, but please contact if you'd like to join us, and we'll see if there's room to add you to the list! We're looking forward to a great event.

Join us for the 2024 Vermont Fresh Network Annual Meeting!

Monday, February 12, 2024 | 10:30am - 4:00pm

Zenbarn, Waterbury Center


Networking - Panels - Discussions

Vermont Fresh Network's Annual Meeting is a chance to connect with farmers, food & beverage 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. Everyone welcome - membership not required to attend.

Click here for a recap of 2023's Annual Meeting.

2024 Vermont Fresh Network Annual Meeting Agenda 


10:30 am - 11 am: Registration & Coffee/snacks

11 am  Meeting Begins - Plenary

  • VFN’s Year in Review 
  • Financial Update
  • 2024 Plans

11:30  - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:30  Exploring the Future of Cannabis in Vermont’s Food & Farm Industry

From local growers to specialty producers to dispensaries and distributors, the cannabis industry plays an increasingly growing role in Vermont's agricultural and culinary industry. This panel discussion will discuss how the cannabis industry intersects with - and supports - other facets of Vermont's food, farm, and tourism communities.

Moderator:  Julie Hulburd, Vermont Cannabis Control Board


Marlena Tucker-Fishman, Zenbarn Farms

Eli Harrington, Vermontijuana 

Jane Lanza, The Family Tree Cannabis Company

Ben Wilcox, Off-Piste Farm

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Sensory Analysis Workshop

Let's have some fun! From chefs, to cheesemakers to winemakers to farmers and beyond, our senses inform the food we prepare and the beverages we drink. This hour-long workshop will focus on our sensory evaluation skills. We will dig into the science behind food aroma, taste, color, and texture.  This interactive session will include smelling and tasting exercises to understand the basics of sensory analysis with a focus on grassfed beef.  Roy Desrochers will use various food products and reference standards to teach you the basics of objective descriptive sensory analysis. Then he will lead everyone through a taste session of several grassfed beef products provided by local producers. This session is in partnership with the Vermont Grass Farmers Association, who is currently studying sensory impacts on grassfed beef along the value chain.

Learn more about the Vermont Grass Farmer's Association's 100% Grassfed Beef Sensory Project here.

Facilitator: Roy DesRochers (UVM Extension)


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm:  Networking & Snacks

4:00 pm  Program Concludes


Please REGISTER to secure your spot!

We are pleased to offer a sliding scale for this event. We suggest a rate of $25 per person for VFN members and $35 for non-VFN members, which helps cover the costs of managing this event. However, we also want this event to be accessible to everyone in our community. If these rates are outside of your budget, feel free to select your own rate from $0 and up! Registration includes coffee, lunch, and snacks.

We also have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available, from coffee, lunch ingredients, snacks, and signage/tabling opportunities! Interested in sponsoring the meeting? Please contact Tara Pereira (Executive Director) at

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!



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