Strolling of the Heifers

Windham Grows

Good business makes good community,
Good community makes good business.

Offerings

Mentorship

Entrepreneurship is not purely technical. With the emotional roller-coaster of high pressure decisions we all do better when we can consult with someone that has been there before.

Access to Experts

Subject matter experts in marketing, information technology, legal, financial, operations and quality control to help bring your ideas to life.

Capital Resources

We’ll connect you to resources like land, barns, production space, research space, retail testing space and more.

Investors

Windham Grows, along with our parent organization Strolling of the Heifers, has access to the top socially responsible investors focused on food and agriculture.

Collaboration

A network of like-minded entrepreneurs to support you and keep you on track.

Curriculum

Local education on the most important entrepreneurial practices of the day.

Bernie Sanders kicks off Windham Grows

On Thursday, March 16 at the Latchis Theatre, Sen. Bernie Sanders helped us formally kick off Windham Grows, Strolling of the Heifers’ small business development program, funded by grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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What We Do

Windham Grows Business Hatchery is a project of Strolling of the Heifers

Windham Grows, a project of Strolling of the Heifers,  is a business hatchery that aims to build the food and agriculture business sector in Windham County by connecting startup and early-stage businesses with critical services, resources and financing. The project is free to participants and fully funded by these grants.

Current Class

 

Jessica Weston, Superfresh! Organic Café

Awarded “Best Vegetarian Cuisine” by Yankee Magazine in 2017, Superfresh! Organic Café is an organic plant-based restaurant based in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. Superfresh! provides high quality seasonal, organic plant-based cuisine with the vast majority of the menu made from scratch. Offerings range from unique elixirs, coffee, juice, smoothies, snacks, raw and baked desserts, raw foods, brunch, lunch, and dinner items. Every ingredient meets our standards of 100% non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, egg-free, vegetarian. We source from local and regional farms whenever possible and work closely with all of our vendors to know where each ingredient is coming from, always searching for the best source possible.

“Working with Windham Grows has been a wonderful opportunity to strengthen my support network with like-minded businesses and great advisors, enhance my skill set with in depth professional trainings, and set aside valuable dedicated time to focus on the longer term, big picture growth of my business.”

 

 

 

 

Gretchen Hardy, Porch Too

I am Gretchen Hardy who co-founded the PORCH TOO by Hardy Foard Catering in 2010 with Bo Foard. We operate a breakfast and lunch cafe and full-service catering company focusing on ‘from scratch’ cooking and local products.

Operating the day-to-day operation has taken all of my focus for the past 7 years, and now that I am working with Windham Grows I am willingly forced to work on my business model with some true professionals,  it is a real privilege to be a part of this program.

Rob Hausslein, Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind

SBFK, Inc. is a specialty food manufacturer, focusing on maple specialties including Smoked Maple Syrup and Vermont Maple Sriracha.  We have a small but fast-growing company and the resources offered through the Windham Grows have been priceless. Each lesson learned in the classroom is one we don’t have to learn (and pay for) on the fly!

Richard Berkfield, Food Connects

Food Connects Food Hub aggregates local food from over 50 farms and value-added producers and delivers to over 100 wholesale customers. Windham Grows is supporting our efforts to launch a significant growth phase aimed at tripling sales and doubling customers over the next three years.

Carrie Simmons, New Ground Creative

New Ground Creative is a spunky team of creatives. We work with mission-driven organizations and businesses with heart to build their brands through engaging design, dynamic campaigns and authentic messaging. Your brand is your identity and helping you develop, unify and increase awareness of it is what we do, beautifully. Branding, marketing, design are all connected.

“Working with Windham Grows has helped NGC build up our branding, design, and marketing capabilities for targeted business sectors such as food and agriculture. We are gleaning leadership skills and insight from professionals in the field.”

C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl®

C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl® specializes in helping the Next Generation become Youth Socialpreneurs who lead projects that protect our planet, its people, and the animals. Windham Grows is assisting her in reaching more young people in the region who truly want to help make an impact in their world.

 

 

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Investors

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Entrepreneurs

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