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WelcomeTo The "Yellow Barn"


The Hardwick Yellow Barn Business Accelerator and Corporate Campus (aka "Yellow Barn") will strengthen Vermont's farm- and food-based economy by allowing multiple establishments to grow and expand with other entrepreneurs, develop new products, and improve export to external markets. The project will consist of a two-story, 40,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose processing facility and an innovative adaptive reuse of the historic 3,400 sq. ft. yellow barn – already an iconic presence along the Route 15 gateway to downtown Hardwick.

Yellow Barn is a unique public-private endeavor between the Town of Hardwick and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) to offer best-in-class space to new and expanding businesses at highly competitive rates. The CAE operates the adjacent Vermont Food Venture Center, an incubator for farm-and food-based businesses, making Yellow Barn an ideal next step for graduates. Flexible site design provides acceleration space for multiple capacities ranging from production to distribution to research and testing. We are currently accepting letters of interest from potential accelerator tenants.

The barn rehabilitation will surpass Commercial Building Energy Standards. The new Accelerator building can support rooftop solar. The project team is exploring non-fossil fuel heating and cooling options, including biomass and geothermal. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is working with the team to provide energy modeling.

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