Congratulations to the winners of the Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Business Planning Competition. A total of $64,000 in prize funds were given out: $10,000 to each of four first-place category winners, $3,000 each to the four second-place category winners, and $1,000 each to the 12 runners-up. Funding for the competition came from a grant from the Windham County Economic Development program (the “Vermont Yankee settlement” fund), the Vermont Community Foundation and the Windham Foundation. Here are the first-place winners:
New Business: Riversong Farm, South Newfane (owners: Juliette Carr, Henry Carr): A new, small, diversified farmstead in Newfane, offering pastured heritage pork, fine charcuterie and breeding stock.
Existing Business: The Bunker Farm, Dummerston (owners: Noah Hoskins, Helen O’Donnell, Jen O’Donnell and Mike Euphrat): The Farm is family-run and produces and sells pasture-raised poultry, beef, lamb and pork directly through a 12-month CSA. They also produce and sell maple syrup, winter greens, strawberries, asparagus, and heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes. They also operate a plant nursery and offer educational opportunities to local schools and community groups.
General Business Division
New Business: Wheel Pad, Wilmington (owners: Julie Lineberger, Joseph Cincotta, Riley Poor): A Wheel Pad is an eco-friendly, free-standing bedroom and bathroom structure for newly wheelchair-bound people. Pre-built, Wheel Pad is delivered then attached to an existing home on site.
Existing Business: Good Body Products, Guilford (owners: Chris Thomas, Trish Thomas): Good Body Products crafts therapeutic body care products in small batches using 100 percent organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They are striving to achieve a true “farm-to-jar” business model, cultivating and processing their own botanicals for use in their healing products.