Windham Grows extends November cohort deadline

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BRATTLEBORO — Windham Grows Farm Business Accelerator is seeking farmer-entrepreneurs who are interested in individualized farm-business value-added scale-up plans that will include mentoring, in-kind resources, physical space, educational experience and technical expertise. By giving farmer-entrepreneurs the resources needed for high-value management skills, this project aims to help farmer-entrepreneurs build dynamic new farm businesses while leveraging one of Vermont's most valuable assets — land. Based on past success and the interest throughout

Vermont, Windham Grows is expanding services to farmers statewide.

The Farm Business Accelerator begins in November and ends in April, and Windham Grows seeks farmer applicants who would like support scaling their value-added, farm-based food or beverage businesses, changing the conversation around food and farms, and strengthening their communities. Farm business leaders accepted into the program learn over the six-month course how to grow socially conscious, food-focused businesses by means of concentrated sessions on marketing, finance, production, technology and entrepreneur mindsets.

In addition, the program provides food and lodging for non-local participants during the Brattleboro weekends. Graduates will develop a basic business model constructed using Live Plan software and will have created and honed a basic pitch.

Applications for the November cohort are due midnight Oct. 12. To learn more and apply for admission to Windham Grows, go to Windham Grows Farm Business Accelerator Application.

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