Public information session about the Center for an Agricultural Economy and the Yellow Barn Project in Hardwick

When

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Location

Hazen Union School Auditorium | 126 Hazen Union Dr., Hardwick

 

A photo of a new building with copy above "Q: what is the new building in Hardwick?" and below "A: A hub for agriculture and a resource for local farmers and the community!" With the dark green logo of the Center for an Agricultural Economy

The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) is one of two tenants that will occupy the new building at the Yellow Barn property in Hardwick. Join us on June 10th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Hazen Union Auditorium to learn more about the project and future use of the new space. CAE will provide onsite childcare and light refreshments for anyone able to attend. The agenda will include an overview of CAE’s work in the community and region, information on how the new spaces will be utilized, time for community input, and a question and answer session. 
 

The “Yellow Barn Project” is a joint infrastructure project between the Town of Hardwick and local partners to renovate an iconic barn at the west entrance of Hardwick, and to build an adjacent 25,000 square foot structure as a critical piece of local food system infrastructure. The Hardwick Yellow Barn project will strengthen Vermont’s farm- and food-based economy by allowing businesses to grow and expand, develop new products, and connect to

external markets.
 

Cabot Creamery Cooperative will open a retail outlet in the historic Yellow Barn, showcasing their signature cheeses as well as other local foods made by the region’s artisans.
 

The new 25,000 sq. ft. structure is critical to the recovery and growth of the region’s post-pandemic agricultural economy. There are two anchor tenants: Jasper Hill Farm and the Center for Agricultural Economy (CAE). Jasper Hill will consolidate inventory from scattered locations statewide. CAE will expand capacity to aggregate and distribute locally produced foods from over 100 producers.