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mad river food hub
supporting local food producers

The Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield is a fully licensed, 40,000 sf storage, processing and distribution facility. Within Vermont, it was the first:

  • for profit food hub
  • shared use state-inspected meat processing facility

This is just the kind of partnering that Vermont needs to support our producers so they can continue to make and sell their made in Vermont foods for us all to enjoy. It allows small scale producers to share costs and grow their businesses. Producers can:

  • rent a room by the day or weekly
  • rent dry, refrigerated or frozen storage space
  • become part of the weekly distribution to retail markets in vermont

Currently, the following producers are taking advantage of what the hub has to offer, you probably know of a few these and notice many are outside of the Mad River Valley:

This food hub is a win win for producers, consumers and the Vermont economy.

Thank you Mad River Food Hub for doing your part in supporting local business and bringing these made in Vermont products to a store near us!

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live-timing
bringing your races to the world

can’t get to a ski race but want to know who’s winning? At the race, on the hill, not near the scoreboard? live-timing will let you know everything about that racer coming down the course – in real time! Watch the clock, second by second, on your phone, in your office or at home.

Live-timing will let you know:

  • upcoming races & entries
  • who’s currently on course
  • racer’s bib number, team, class
  • who’s finished, dnf’d or dq’d
  • race results (unofficial) in real time
  • race status messages

Isn’t technology great? You can watch races all over the world as long the club or resort is using split-second software in real-time. Once you get used to the convenience and information live-timing gives you, you’ll wish every race hill in the world was hooked up!

And yes, Live-timing is based in Vermont.

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the vermont sail freight project
farm to plate, powered by sail

Created by Erik Andrus, a farmer in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, The Vermont Sail Freight Project is a carbon neutral transport initiative connecting the farms and forests of Vermont with the lower Hudson Valley. Bringing our amazing made in Vermont products all the way to the big Apple on a boat? YES! How Vermont is that?

This boat  will bring that made in Vermont, natural freshness right down the river to the lucky consumers in New York City and all carbon neutral. What a great idea. Not new, just great to be going back to our roots.

And this sailing barge won’t be coming back to Vermont empty. It’ll be filled with goods. Yes, we do make a lot of what we need in Vermont except for maybe a handful of staples such as olive oil, chocolate, sugar and coffee, to name a few. Carbon neutral up the river they’ll come.

This is a win-win and one to watch.

And by the way, Erik’s a rice farmer and a lot more. Check out Vermont Rice, Boundbrook FarmGood Companion Bakery. No need to be putting any rice or bread on that sailing barge as it heads north again.

Three Revolutions
put your money where your mouth is

So by now everyone has heard of kickstarter, right? well, Three Revolutions is similar to kickstarter but it’s focus is food. And for those of us who love Vermont, want to buy Vermont, Three Revolutions is based in Vermont! They “fund food through community” and it is the first crowdfunding platform focused on farm and food related projects.

Not sure how it works? Take a look here where they outline the process:

  • planters sow ideas
  • pollinators spread the word
  • cultivators fund planters so they can grow their ideas to fruition

We all have to eat. So why not go and take a look at the current projects and consider funding a food innovator that will bring something good to your table or town?

Will you be a planter, a pollinator or a cultivator?

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Aquarius Life Science
epigenetics research lab

What turns genes on and off, and under what circumstances? That is what epigenetics is all about: how DNA is regulated by environmental factors. The new science of epigenetics reveals how the choices you make can change your genes — and those of your children.

Aquarius Corp. is a biotechnology company developing a DNA-based epigenetics assay for industry, academic and government researchers. The long-term goal is to validate the assay as a diagnostic tool for use in clinical fields such as oncology, endocrinology and infectious diseases.

Got that? for more information, Aquarius does a good job at explaining it here.and here.

We think this is very cool, cutting edge and it’s all happening right here in Burlington, Vermont! This is one to watch!

Want to learn more? come to their launch party on Jan 19th 4pm at Studio 3 at Spotlight On Dance, Inc.

INLU for the Holidays - in lieu of excess, hassle and waste

INLU for the Holidays

Yes, we’ve already moogled INLU for parents. But did you know that there are so many other useful ways to use INLU?

Are you or anyone you know saving up/asking for that one bigger gift? Come on, we all have that special something on our list! Why not create an INLU? Let your friends and family know what you really want this holiday season and allow them to contribute to your dream gift. Hey, do you really need another set of wine charms? or does your child need another cheap plastic toy?

Make gift giving more meaningful and create an INLU. As they say,

“in lieu of excess, hassle and waste, pitch in for a happier planet” and YOU!

Create an INLU today – it’s not too late!

Prmot.it
Empowered Social Promotions

This new B2B Vermont startup is all about getting you sales! They’ll help your company run mobile and socially optimized promotions to connect you with a broader customer base.

Their end-to-end promotional system will help you design, distribute, and track Coupons, Contests, Sweepstakes, and other promotions, across your social network. Then, their SharePower feature will help your promotion to go viral, and reach a much broader customer base.

Once you have created your promotion, you’re able to track performance, customer demographics, distribution, and more from your Prmot.it dashboard. And, best of all, every coupon distributed is a high-quality lead for future marketing and incentivising.

So, if you want:

  • valuable leads
  • to grow your sales
  • to spend less money on advertising
  • to spend less time on social media
  • to reach more people

Prmot.it is the solution for your business. They’re free for the first 30 days, so you have nothing to lose, and only leads and sales to gain!

meal train
support friends, strengthen communities

exactly as the name suggests, this website organizes meal trains – a train of meals made and delivered to friends and family who currently need help. think of your community, perhaps there is someone right now who:

  • had a baby
  • had surgery
  • has an illness

their energies are no longer focused on food shopping and cooking. so delivering meals is a great way to take away that burden and allows you to help this person/family during this time. it’s a win-win all the way around.

meal train is the most efficient and effective way to organize meal deliveries. it’s all about scheduling and organizing in one convenient place.

you can either start a meal train for yourself or for someone else. when you make a meal train you are creating:

  • an interactive, online meal calendar
  • invitations to share via email and Facebook
  • customized calendar dates, times, and meal preferences
  • reminder emails prior to scheduled mail delivery

everything – dates, who’s delivering, what’s cooking – is all in one place. they even have useful information on mail train etiquette. magazines such as real simple have highlighted meal train as a daily find problem solver.

you probably know someone right now who needs to have their meals delivered. make them a meal train and allow their friends and family to support them.

take a look at what meal train has done so far:

  • over 750,000 meals organized
  • over 80,000 families helped in the u.s. and beyond
  • over 2,500 meals organized most nights.

oh and by the way – meal train is free and yes, they’re located in vermont!

shoutplans
real-time discovery of social intent for daily activities and events

have you ever wanted to grab sushi or go to a concert but none of your close circle of friends were available? well, shoutplans can help you! shoutplans is a free social planning tool that lets you discover what everyone around you wants to do and when.

all you have to do is sign up and shout out what you want to do to your friends and/or local community. as they call it – you are “expanding your planning pools“. once you find others that are interested, use their built in planning tools to easily coordinate a sushi date, catch a movie, find a carpool to the mountain, grab a beer, or whatever and then get offline and actually be social!

it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  • shout it
  • plan it
  • do it!

and maximize your free time with shoutplans.

learn more.

 

inlu for parents
inviting common cents

parents – listen up! how many birthday parties have your organized? how many gifts did your child get when maybe what they really wanted was one special gift? what if you could send out invitations with a link for party goers to donate towards one gift or even a charity? sounds great right? well it exists and it’s called inlu.

how many coaches gifts have you collected for? carrying around an envelope asking parents as you see them to donate? same goes with teachers gifts? plenty, right? well, what if you could email out a link that would bring people to a page where they could donate online. ahh yes. so convenient.

what about donating to a charity instead of sending flowers? or collecting for a gift certificate for a spa day inlu (get it? “in lieu”) of flowers for a friend who needs a lift?

what if your child has a passion and wants to fundraise for a community cause? or even raise some funds to make a dream come true? and all they would have to do is create an inlu, email around the link and let people know why they are collecting.

with the holidays around the corner why not set up an inlu for:

  • a collection for that one gift your mother, father, child really wants!
  • a collection for a teachers gift
  • or even a holiday party invite and instead of having people bring gifts, ask them to donate to your favorite charity

think of all the possibilities you can use inlu to streamline your parties and gift giving.

yes. inlu. it does invite common cents, doesn’t it?

p.s. inlu isn’t just for parents, look for future posts on more ways to use inlu