Virtual Farm Business Accelerator

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Start Date

January 31, 2024 05:30 pm

End Date

March 09, 2024 06:30 pm




RI Food Policy Council



Specialty Crop producers are invited to sign-up for FREE training cohorts designed to help Rhode Island specialty crop producers make the most of 6 major sales channels: Farmers Markets, Food Hubs, Restaurants, Online retail, & Grocery retail.

“This covered all the nitty-gritty that I needed to know to get started as a small farm business. I was really overwhelmed when I first started out, and this course helped to clarify so much of what I needed to do and resources that I could use.” — Cohort Participant, 2023″


  • RI Food Policy Council brings back the highly coveted Virtual Specialty Crop Training Series!
  • Join the virtual classroom every Wednesday from January 31 to March 6 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Hear from over 15 experts with insights unique to your specialty crop business
  • Learn how to create a one-page business plan, legal, production, branding, finance, sales channels, and more!


Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Virtual | January 31 – March 6

Session 1: January 31
Business Model Canvas (one-page business plan)

with Maggie Longo, Small Business Development Center

Session 2: February 7

with: Kristen Cordeiro and Gabriela Bannon, Office of the RI Secretary of State
Everett Petronio, Corporate Structure, Kalander & Nash Law
Leo Lebeuf, Taxpayer Experience Liaison, Department of Taxation
Cathy Feeney, Department of Health
Ken Ayars, Department of Environmental Management

Session 3: February 14

with Nathan Bonds, Polaris MEP

Session 4: February 21
Branding & Labeling

with Jackie Duhamel, Bootblack Brand & Firebox Creative

Session 5: February 28
Finance (Costing, Pricing, Budget, Forecasting & Capital Access)

with Maggie Longo, Small Business Development Center

Session 6: March 6
Farmers Market Sales Channels

with: Katie Blais, Mount Hope Farmers Market
Eva or Valerie, Food Hubs, Farm Fresh RI
Stephanie Bush Pike, Farm to School, Rhode Island Department of Education
David Dadekian, Restaurants
Lori Giuttari, Online, Shop Local RI
Mike Mowry, Stores / Retail, Hope & Main
In-Person Celebration: March 9
hosted by Josh Daly, Associate Director, Rhode Island Food Policy Council

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