Vermont has a food processing hub that leverages thousands of small farms; Go get a job there!

This is exactly what I said needed to be done.

Here is the Mad River Food Hub website. It doesn’t say there are job openings, but there are companies operating out of it. Show up ready and eager to work cheap for one of them, in exchange for getting skills nad knowledge. It will be well worth it, and you get to live in Vermont! Vermont’s a great place to live!

A British investor named Robin built the Mad River Food Hub in Vermont. It doesn’t take any government money or grants, and makes it possible for a small farm to produce some food, drop it off at the hub, and get a check. The hub does processing and selling, such as soups and meats and other foods that are already prepared.

I’m not going to paste the article here, but it’s well worth reading if you are interested. If you are jobless, you can trek out there and try to get a job at the Hub. Learn some of the skills, learn how to run such a processing plant, and maybe you will be the manager at a future startup Hub at another location. This is a model that is going to be replicated nationally, I believe.

If we had such a hub in my area, I would certainly grow a mountain of vegetables — whatever they said they needed most, and sell to them. It would be great. My depressed little dead mill town would experience a new boom, but a boom that benefited us, not a boom for immigrants to come in and take jobs.

Addendum: Some people may be uncomfortable with farmers depending on a “food hub,” to sell their produce and livestock. It could end up being a race to the bottom Walmart type place that takes our product for a minimal price.

However, people can go work at the Food Hub and learn the skills, and then create underground food hubs, and stop selling to the Walmartized Food Hub. The important thing is to learn the skills, the systems, the procedures, and the business model, so if the Mad River Food Hub goes rogue, we replace it. That’s why I urge the adventurous of you to go work there and seek to become a manager.


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8 Responses to Vermont has a food processing hub that leverages thousands of small farms; Go get a job there!

  1. I would feel better if it were in New “LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!” Hampshire*, but it sounds like a good alternative to stuffy city life and boring 9-to-5 office work.

    (*I’m occasionally easily amused…)

    • mindweapon says:

      I really really hope someone goes and does this, or a few someones. You will get excellent skills there that you can take anywhere, and you won’t spend your life as a mere skilled labor, you will quickly move into management or even ownership.

  2. sigmatika says:

    This is a killer business model. It’s been sort of a dream of mine to open something similar in the Great Lakes region, but it would be primarily a cannery for locally farmed fish and mushrooms, If I could get out to Vermont right now, I would look for work there, but I can’t, at this moment. I do think this is a model that will be replicated, and it’s also a model that will attract some parasitic elements that will try to commodify the farms themselves and control the farmers. I hope people are aware of that possibility, because it’s all too real.

    • mindweapon says:

      Indeed. The monopolizers like to seize mature innovations and then freeze the innovation in time. We are still stuck with internal compbustion engines, 3 centuries later. 1890’s invented, it’s 2013 now. they prevent innovation because they can lose their existing ways of doing things

      But there’s no point in wringing our hands over it. Glad this inspires you, and hope you do it for mushrooms and fish! The mushroom compost is good soil media for berry bushes and fruit trees and nut trees by the way, so keep that in mind. That’s another product you’ll be selling.

      • Mr. Rational says:

        Electric motors are even older than internal combustion engines.  Neither of them remain “stuck” as they were in 1913.  (And guess who’s responsible for most of those changes?)

        I love the idea of closing one’s own nutrient cycles locally.  I’m finally seeing sources of ETFE film on-line, for long-lived non-glass greenhouses.  How safe would it be to use septage to grow something like duckweed and feed it to fish?  Would you have to pasteurize it, or just sand-filter it?

      • mindweapon says:

        I think the duckweed would not have pathogens, unless the stem or leaf parts fed to fish) were submerged in sewage.

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