Growing an Agricultural Economy

A talk by Sarah Waring & Matthew Derr

Please join us on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00pm for a talk by Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) based in Hardwick, Vermont and Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College and a board member of CAE.  The talk will take place at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington as part of the annual membership meeting of the Berkshire Community Land Trust and Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires.

Hardwick, Vermont is an example of how farmers, entrepreneurs, citizens, government, and educators, working together, can effectively build a vibrant local economy that respects the region’s unique landscape.

The Center for Agricultural Economy is at the hub of it all.  CAE facilitated launch of High Mowing Seeds, a cheese cave aging and marketing multiple local farm specific varieties, a soybean operation for tofu processing with a waste product used to make a non-toxic wood coating, an organic compost company, a community kitchen for preparing vegetables for sale to local schools and other institutions, several farm to table restaurants, a bakery, maple products – and that’s not all.

Sterling College is a liberal arts college of environmental stewardship. Nearby, Sterling College’s Rian Fried Center is preparing the next generation of farm/food/agricultural entrepreneurs to take on this tradition and grow it. Courses in draft horse management, cheese making, brewing, greenhouse management, apple tree pruning, etc. using the farmers in the region as instructors and providing hands on experience in successful agricultural enterprises.

This interlocking development of agricultural related businesses is possible in the Berkshires as well with some deliberate and considered co-ordination and the participation of citizen consumers in furthering.



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Growing an Agricultural Economy

Event Speakers

Sarah Waring

Sarah Waring is Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) based in Hardwick, Vermont. Prior to joining the Center for an Agricultural Economy in February 2013, Waring served as Program Director for the Farm & Wilderness Foundation, Program Director for Vt Council on Rural Development’s Council on the Future of Vermont, and Program Coordinator … Continued

Matthew Derr

Matthew Derr is President of Sterling College  in Vermont. A community organizer, teacher, fundraiser, and strategic planner, he was inaugurated in 2012 as the eleventh president of Sterling College. At Sterling, Derr led the effort to divest the Sterling endowment from fossil fuels and become only the third college in the United States to do … Continued


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Egremont Agricultural Commission
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