Vermont Smoke & Cure
We consciously craft delicious meat sticks and meat snacks the Vermont way
Vermont Smoke & Cure has been consciously crafting delicious smoked meats and meat snacks since 1962. They use humanely raised meats whenever possible, and simple, local ingredients that create the finest flavor in every bite. As a Benefit Corporation, Vermont Smoke & Cure is committed to creating specific public benefits—from increasing awareness around humanely raised meat products, to promoting small-scale farms and creating an ownership culture—all while generating a profit.
“You need a certain amount of stubbornness, to create something new… You believe you can make it work, even when others don’t.”
My mother and grandmother were serious cooks. My grandmother taught in the Fanny Farmer cooking school back in the late 1920’s. We ate well and I think that led to my developing a taste for healthy, good quality food.
Later, I was a national team and then professional road cyclist for six years and learned about nutrition and athletic performance. I also farmed for six years and helped transition a farm to grass-based, organic dairy.
You need a certain amount of stubbornness, to create something new; if everyone thought it was a good idea when you started, chances are someone would have already done it. You believe you can make it work, even when others don’t believe you.
Build an advisory board as soon as possible. Sooner than you think it is important or feasible. And treat advisor recruitment as a hiring process.