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.