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Annual Meeting 2019 Agenda

Monday, January 28th, 10:00 - 4:00,  UVM Alumni House, Burlington 

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 (although only Partner Members can vote).  Not a member yet? We have Supporting Memberships and Partner Memberships - learn more here.



10:00 - 10:30 Registration & Coffee Thank you to our food sponsors - King Arthur Flour & UVM Dining Services

10:30 - 11:30 VFN Business & Introductions 

  • VFN year in review & 2019 plans 
  • Small group conversation - entering the restaurant market

11:30 - 12:00 Transition to Lunch Thank you to our food sponsors - The Farmhouse Group & Joe's Kitchen at Screamin' Ridge Farm 

12:00 - 1:00 Future of Food in Vermont - Culinary Panel. We’re looking at the future in the VFN context (intersection of farmers & chefs) - trends in consumer interests, changing logistics in sourcing local, goal setting for local purchasing.  

  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
  • Matt Birong, Chef / Owner at 3 Squares Café in Vergennes and Vermont state representative 
  • Stephanie Bonin, Executive Director Downtown Brattleboro Alliance & co-owner duo Restaurant
  • Michael Clauss, Executive Chef at City Market in Burlington
  • Sigal Rocklin, Head Chef at the Reluctant Panther in Manchester, and 2018 Vermont Chef of the Year

1:00 - 1:30 Break Board conversations about priorities for the upcoming year. 

1:30 - 2:30 Future of Food in Vermont - Agriculture Panel. A second look at trends, changes in the logistics of connecting, evolving place of restaurants / culinary professionals in business plans, and goals for the near future.  

  • Mimi Buttenheim, President, Mad River Distillers
  • Andrew Peterson, Peterson Quality Malts
  • Jacob Powsner, Baird Farm
  • Niko Horster, Shire Beef
  • Anne Doe, Boston Post Dairy

2:30 - 3:00 Break & Cookies  

3:00 - 3:50 How do current trends affect the VFN social mission? - Small group discussions. The social mission of VFN is around environmental sustainability, strength of rural communities, and in particular around food system transparency. How do key trends affect these goals? (Positive or negative). Can we prioritize the areas of greatest concern (again, positive or negative)?      

3:50 - 4:00 Groups report on their results A very quick around the room, VFN will collect notes and prepare a complete report later. 

4:00 Program Concludes 

Thank you to our sponsors. . . 


2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors


Would you like to be a sponsor? There's still time to support VFN through an Annual Meeting sponsorship and be recognized in our Annual Meeting materials, contact for details.

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