Food Hub Management Professional Certificate
The first program in the US to prepare people for a successful career in food hub management.
"I learned a lot about local food distribution through four years of working at small non-profit that purchased and produced local, organically-grown food for resale in low-income, food insecure communities. Managing our Mobile Markets - which experienced double digit growth each year - laid a solid foundation for understanding values-based supply chains. But as an education, it also had its limitations – particularly since the margins for error were so slim, and making one too many mistakes (however valuable a learning opportunity) could shutter the business for good.
The Food Hub Management Certificate program at UVM helped to frame these experiences through an analytical lens, measuring them against industry best practices. It was also a great networking opportunity, bringing together a cohort of students and practitioners in local food distribution. The skills I brought back with me from this 4-month program were critical in the successful scaling up of the Mobile Markets’ operations.
The certificate’s credentials also helped to advance my career, and scale the impact of my work. I am now a Value Chain Specialist at La Montanita’s Cooperative Distribution Center, one of the oldest food hubs in the country, and one of a dozen organizations participating in the USDA’s “Food LINC” program."
The University of Vermont Food Hub Management Certificate Program was created in collaboration with a stellar set of advisers, including members of the National Good Network's original advisory council and the Wallace Center. Run as a hybrid online and on-campus program, the curriculum is intended to develop essential knowledge and skills required to manage a hub including:
- Business planning and assessment
- Market development
- Value chain facilitation
- Produce development, marketing and sales
- Purchasing and supply chain management
- Processing and distribution
- Facility/warehouse management
- HR, staffing and communication
- Food safety and risk management
Managing a hub is a multi-disciplinary challenge, and this program will give you all of the basic building blocks to find a higher level of success in your efforts to build local food systems through aggregation and distribution.