VTC Hosts Conferences on Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Vermont Technical College’s Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems will present a series of four conferences focused on agriculture, education, innovation and the future of the regional economy.

GroundWork: A Series on Cultivating a Sustainable Future through Education, Applied Research and Innovation, begins Nov. 13, at Vermont Tech’s Randolph campus, with a focus on entrepreneurship. Richard Waybright, operator of Mason-Dixon farms in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Panel discussions with Vermont agricultural entrepreneurs and agriculture officials will follow.

Future conference topics include:

∎ Dec. 4: Enacting sustainable practices that reduce food processing waste, co-presented with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

∎ Jan. 15: Connecting education with employers, co-presented with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Farm to Plate Network.

∎ March 12: Aligning educational needs and resources; Vermont Technical College’s roadmap, and collaborations with education counterparts.

Cost is $25 per conference, including lunch, or $75 for all four.

Advanced registration is at www.vtc.edu/groundwork . For more information contact: Ivansteamburg@vtc.edu or call 802-728-1339.

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