Windham Grows, a project of Strolling of the Heifers, is a socially responsible, sustainability-minded business accelerator that aims to build the food and agriculture sector by connecting socially conscious startup and early-stage businesses with critical services, resources, financing while maintaining values by pairing with like-minded socially conscious business mentors. The project is free to New England based food and agriculture entrepreneurs.

Offerings

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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.

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Collaboration

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

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Curriculum

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

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What We Do

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

Current Class

Bordertown Farm (Brattleboro, VT)

Bordertown Farm is an organic hemp farm that processes hemp into CBD oil.  Windham Grows is helping us focus on our priorities and the steps we need to find success.

Gutsey (Portsmouth, NH)

Gutsey is a unique snack bar brand that produces low sugar, creamy cashew based protein bars.  Gutsey bars were created for those who desire a better alternative from the traditional snack bars that are filled with sugar, bulked up with grains, gluten and other mystery ingredients.  Our bars contain only good fats and organic ingredients. No GMO’s, no grains, no gluten and no added sugars. The bar recipes are sinfully delicious, nutrient-dense and downright crave-able.  All this goodness is packed into New England themed packaging that draws us back to our roots and reminds us that WE CAN get there from here – we just have to make the right choices along the way!

Integrative Permaculture (Canaan, NY)

Integrative Permaculture (IPC) LLC is a mission-driven venture developing new planet-friendly food and agricultural enterprises in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York by providing timely access to underutilized assets, resources, expertise, and by working with existing partner enterprises. IPC envisions the development of these assets and enterprises for greater capital value and profitability, as well as high impact contribution to planetary and personal well being.  Windham Grows is supporting our team through the process of distilling and synthesizing our project as a whole. This includes communications strategy, business modeling, and greater clarity of timelines and project goals.

Morrill Mountain Fruit Farm (South Strafford, VT)

Nanarella serves up truly scrumptious bites of Fruit Paté, made from the pure goodness of our own farm grown, hand-picked berries to bring you The Taste of Summer Any Season. Proceeds from sales are distributed through the DSC, Jr Foundation to foster the fun of learning and creative problem-solving. Windham Grows is facilitating our Foundation’s goals by assisting Nanarella develop effective entrepreneurial skills.  Thanks Windham Grows!

Putney Mountain Winery (Putney, VT)

Founded in 1998 by Kate and Charles Dodge, Putney Mountain Winery makes award-wining artisanal wines, liqueurs and sparkling cider. Twenty years later we still make our beverages from the bounty of produce grown on local and regional family farms of this region. Our wines have been described in the press as “extraordinary,” “love at first taste,” and even “an intensely remarkable treasure”.  Windham Grows has helped us develop a business plan for future distribution.

Venetian Beverages (Williston, VT)

Venetian Beverages is a premium brand committed to creating craft beverages made with all-natural ingredients that are packaged and marketed with a high-touch experience.  We’re looking to work with Windham Grows to help build a solid business plan and pitch to support our brand’s growth.

Vermont Chevon, L3C: A Farm to Fork Partnership (Danville, VT)

Vermont Chevon is bringing this delectable, healthy source of protein to American tables. We have built a network of Vermont’s dairy goat farms supplying us with high quality livestock that yield a quality product for chefs, butchers, and consumers at a scale not otherwise possible. We are working with Windham Grows to help us more completely actualize our marketing outreach, thereby growth and potential partners/investors.

Z Wraps (Easthampton, MA)

At Z Wraps, it’s our passion to make sustainability beautiful, by making reusable food wraps in our signature designs. Myself and my husband Steve started Z Wraps to offer people an alternative to plastic wrap and zip lock bags, and the response has been phenomenal.  With our growing need to scale, we are thrilled to be working with Windham Grows to take us to the next necessary level of production. The idea of making a softer, more pliable, reusable plastic free food wrap started in April 2017, and we sold our first Z wrap 6 months later. We are now in over 90 stores in New England. Working with Windham Grows and their partners in this next stage we could be ready to grow to 500, here we go!

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