Strolling of the Heifers

Windham Grows

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

Entrepreneurs: Apply now for the next cohort of Windham Grows beginning in August 2017!



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.

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.

Founding Class

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.

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.

The Restless Rooster is a Cuban American family owned breakfast and coffeehouse Brattleboro, Vermont. We opened in summer of 2015, we are proud to be using Vermont ingredients.

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.

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.

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.

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

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