Learn Among Leaders

Learn Among Innovative Leaders

From “Skinny Pancakes” to small-batch caramel to inner-city fresh vegetable shares: our schools have graduated innovative thinkers, farmers, retailers, and restaurateurs who are leading the charge in how the nation thinks about food.

  • Stories and Inspiration: Chantal Mullen, Vermont Food Systems Tour, Food Solutions New England blog, July 15, 2015: Hands-on experience is important to me to fully understand how things work and that is what the tour is all about. From being on this tour I gained clarification on what I wanted to do and how I could make that happen.
  • Get Into the Dirt: More Young People to Start Farms, USA Today, October 11, 2014: A Vermont dairy farm start-up and a fledgling vegetable grower are Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont grads.
  • Salvation Farms, Working Hands, Working Minds: The Sterling College Blog, December 15, 2014: According to Theresa Snow, founding director of Salvation Farms in Morrisville, “Farms will, now and always, be our salvation.” Salvation Farms is an organization dedicated to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management.
  • Joe Bossen Named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, The Valley Reporter, June 26, 2014: Vermont Bean Crafters makes a “wide variety of bean products from burgers and falafel to hummus and cookies, all gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free,” said Bossen, 27.  Bossen started Bean Crafters in 2009 after attending Green Mountain College where he completed a self-designed major in sustainable enterprises.
  • The Art of Perfection, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2013: What does it take to succeed—on your own terms—in the bakery business?
  • Editor’s Note: Full Fare, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2013: The story behind Skinny Pancake is one of those tales made possible by a couple of tireless young men with a bold, quirky idea and just enough naiveté not to question their venture’s long odds.
  • Consider the Goat, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2013: Fat Toad was the first farm to handcraft and sell cajeta in the U.S.  Fat Toad is still one of only a very few purveyors that make farmstead goat’s milk caramel, meaning they use milk from their own goats instead of buying it elsewhere.
  • Middlebury Alumni Farmers: Middlebury Alumni have founded, or presently manage, some of the nation’s most innovative farms.
  • Good Food, Loquitur: The Vermont Law School Alumni Magazine, Fall 2013: The Vermont Law School “Food Issue,” focusing on food as a unique vehicle for change, intimately tied up with everything from human health and the environment, to poverty and
    immigration, to law, politics, and culture.