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

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.

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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!

Program Graduates

Jessica Weston, Superfresh! Organic Café

Superfresh! Organic Café is an organic plant-based restaurant based in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. Offerings range from unique elixirs, coffee, juice, smoothies, snacks, raw and baked desserts, raw foods, brunch, lunch, and dinner items.  “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.

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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