Strolling of the Heifers

Windham Grows

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

Windham Grows, a project of Strolling of the Heifers, is a business accelerator that aims to build the food and agriculture sector by connecting startup and early-stage businesses with critical services, resources and financing. The project is free to New England based food and agriculture entrepreneurs.



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.


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


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


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

Learn More and Apply


Learn more about our program and complete
our application process.

Bernie Sanders kicks off Windham Grows

On Thursday, March 16 2017 at the historic Latchis Theatre, Sen. Bernie Sanders helped formally kick off Windham Grows, Strolling of the Heifers’ small business development program.

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What We Do

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

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.



Frabjous Fibers & Wonderland Yarns

Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns started with a cardboard box of yarn under my dining room table. What was once a one-woman show has grown into a 13-strong team of dedicated creatives with a passion for bringing the best and most beautiful products to crafters all over the world. We are excited about the growth potential for our business with the knowledge shared by Windham Grows, and the supportive community we find here in southern Vermont.

David Hiler; Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery and Kampfires Campground and Resort

I’m very pleased to have the opportunity be a part of the inaugural session of Windham Grows. This program has provided us with the resources, consulting and support we need as a small business to continue to provide delicious experimental craft beers and inspired pub fare in an sometimes scary and complex business climate here in Vermont.

Sweet Basil

Not only has Windham Grows provided access to great business development programs, they have also helped me make valuable business connections.

True North Granola

From educators to entrepreneurs:  After having worked for more than 4 decades as educators, the Chrisco’s founded True North Granola, beginning with the crazy idea they could make a better granola product. Their products meet a wide variety of nutritional and lifestyle needs, and are described by customers as authentic, made with integrity, fresh and crunchy, and never too sweet. Their customers often share that when they eat this granola, it makes them happy.

Tavernier Chocolates

John and Dar Tavernier-Singer create handmade earthy, elegant chocolates in small batches in a 1910 brick mill building in Brattleboro, Vermont. Sourcing chocolate couverture from fairly traded makers and using single-origin chocolates or blends from specific regions, they often pair these with Vermont grown, foraged and crafted ingredients to create fresh, delicious and exciting recipes.

Good Body Products

Hi, I’m Chris and this is my partner Trish and we are Good Body Products. We manufacture 100% certified organic, therapeutic body care products using locally sourced ingredients. We are very proud to be part of the first year of Windham Grows.