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WelcomeTo The "Yellow Barn"


The Hardwick Yellow Barn Business Accelerator (aka "Yellow Barn") will strengthen Vermont's farm- and food-based economy by allowing establishments to grow and expand with other entrepreneurs, develop new products, and improve export to external markets. The project will consist of a new two-story multi-purpose accelerator and an adaptive reuse of the historic yellow barn.

"Yellow Barn" is a public-private collaboration to offer best-in-class production and administrative space to new and expanding businesses at highly competitive rates. The Town of Hardwick owns the Yellow Barn. The Northeast Kingdom Development Corporation, a non-profit economic development entity, will act as fiscal agent for the facility. Yellow Barn will have two anchor tenants: The Cellars at Jasper Hill, and Cabot. The new facility will also offer accelerator space for new and expanding businesses, including the Center for Agricultural Economy’s farm-to-institution supply chain facilitation services such as Farm Connex.

As we adapt to the unprecedented challenges of COVID 19, some of our original plans, deadlines, and milestones may shift. Our commitment to accelerating the region's economic recovery, however, will not. We will make every effort to update this site as a source for latest developments. If you have any immediate questions, please direct them to yellowbarn@hardwickvt.org. Thank you for your interest in the Hardwick Yellow Barn Business Accelerator.

Jasper Hill (Anchor tenant 1): 40–50 permanent, full-time (40 hours/week) jobs. Annual wages will range from $28,000 to $50,000, with higher wages for some management positions. Additionally, Jasper Hill is increasing cheese production by 350,000 pounds per year and buying milk at $30 per hundred weight (approximately double market price), generating an additional $1 million in dairy farm revenue.

Cabot (Anchor Tenant 2): 10 permanent jobs. Four jobs at 40 hours/week, and 6 at 30 hours/week. Pay ranges from $17–$20/ hour.

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