Our Projects

RFN is currently progressing on our initial slate of projects, including farm and food processing infrastructure, local food distribution logistics, and sales and marketing efforts benefiting all member food producers and retailers.

RFN is currently progressing on our initial slate of projects, including farm and food processing infrastructure, local food distribution logistics, and sales and marketing efforts benefiting all member food producers and retailers.

Southshire Meats

The future is now! In August 2020, RFN is proud to launch Southshire Meats.

Southshire Meats is the first of our fully regenerative food brands, beginning with lamb and chicken. These animals play a daily part of the regenerative cycle of improving soil and crops at Studio Hill Farm, our partner and ally for a stronger regional food system.

In further partnership with Southshire Meats and Studio Hill, RFN is proud to be opening the doors at Higley Hill, a USDA-certified meat and poultry processing plant. While it’s on the small side (~2,000 sq. ft.), it is the first new plant in Southern Vermont in many years, and it is bucking the trend of facility closures during the time of COVID-19.

Spoon Mountain Millers

Spoon Mountain Millers is a collaboration between RFN and Naga Bakehouse in Middletown Springs, VT. Together, we’re creating a vertically-integrated grain business to encourage more regionally-grown grains, assist with the transition to regenerative practices, use an increasing-percentage of solar power to process them, and offer shelf-stable flours and mixes.

Additionally, RFN is providing Spoon Mountain Millers the infrastructure local farmers have said is necessary for growing, harvesting, storing, and processing grains in Vermont. CoolBot storage containers are on the ground on Naga’s property, RFN is designing a companion solar power array to keep the grains fresh while in storage, and a John Deere combine is being rehabilitated just in time for Harvest 2020.

Spoon Mountain Millers

Spoon Mountain Millers is a collaboration between RFN and Naga Bakehouse in Middletown Springs, VT. Together, we’re creating a vertically-integrated grain business to encourage more regionally-grown grains, assist with the transition to regenerative practices, use an increasing-percentage of solar power to process them, and offer shelf-stable flours and mixes.

Additionally, RFN is providing Spoon Mountain Millers the infrastructure local farmers have said is necessary for growing, harvesting, storing, and processing grains in Vermont. CoolBot storage containers are on the ground on Naga’s property, RFN is designing a companion solar power array to keep the grains fresh while in storage, and a John Deere combine is being rehabilitated just in time for Harvest 2020.

Marketplace

With the new food brands and their production capabilities emerging, RFN is making these and other local, transitioning, and regenerative products available direct to consumers, chefs, retailers, and institutions in the Northeast through the RFN Marketplace.

Marketplace enables farms and food producers to quickly get online, manage multiple pricing structures, sell in-person or online, keep more of each food dollar spent on their goods, and have one source of truth for all their inventory and accounting functions.

And to move all of the new healthy products from Southshire and Spoon Mountain around, RFN and Food Connects are partnering to open a new leg of the Food Connects distribution line in Southwestern Vermont by financing an additional refrigerated box truck.