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Annual Meeting 2023

Monday, January 30th, 2023, 11:00 - 4:00, 

ECHO: Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington




Networking - Panels - Discussions

It has been 2 years since we've met in person. In January 2020, at the Inn at the Round Barn, we networked, we ate, we discussed workforce development, agritourism and Vermont Wine. It time for us to catch up and connect with partners and other members of Vermont's food and farm community.

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.

Meeting Agenda


11:00 - 11:30  Registration & Coffee 

11:30 - 12:00  Plenary  - VFN Business  

    • VFN year in review 
    • Financial Update
    • 2023 Plans

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Vermont Fresh Network 2023 and beyond  – Our Network was founded in 1996.  In those 27 years, VFN has played an important role in the growth and success of Vermont’s local food economy. What’s next? We want to hear from you! How can our organization continue to  support Vermont’s food and farm sector as we plan for the future?

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 

1:30  pm - 2:30 pm: We'll be going deeper into the topics that we discussed above with a panel of network members.

Moderator: Jake Claro (Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund) | 


  • Ryan Chaffin:  General Manager, 14th Star Brewing Co.
  • Cara Chigazola Tobin: Chef/Co-owner,The Grey Jay & Honey Road
  • Eric Warnstedt: Co-Owner, Doc Ponds, Hen of the Wood, BTV & Waterbury,  and Prohibition Pig

2:30 pm - 4 pm: Networking, plus snacks & drinks.

4:00pm  Program Concludes


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