Event Highlights: Small Business Saturday + Ag Literacy Week + NECANN-VT and Hemp Fest Signups

Heady Vermont Staff 18 Nov 2020

Small Business Saturday: Support Your Local Small Businesses!
Saturday, November 28 All Day

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Small Business Saturday. American Express created the holiday in 2010 while the country was experiencing the effects of the Great Recession.

As the economy struggled to rebound after 2008, mom-and-pop stores weren’t getting the same attention as big-name brands during the holiday shopping season. In a bid to encourage consumers to head back into the small business sector that makes the economy thrive, Small Business Saturday became a national holiday in 2011.

The holiday has only grown, with 2019 marking the largest year on record. Shoppers supported local small businesses with an estimated $19.6 billion poured back into their neighborhoods.

Today, Small Business Saturday is a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to you favorite local CBD maker – because it’s unique small businesses like yours that help local communities stay vibrant.

Learn more about how shoppers and small business owners can get the most out of Small Business Saturday.

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Ag Literacy Week 2020: Building Soil Health Resilience
November 18 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join this panel of Vermont farmers as they share how their farms are an extension of the natural world that steward deeply interwoven systems for plant, animal and human communities to thrive.

This year NOFA-VT is celebrating the 11th year of Agricultural Literacy Week! Tune in for this week-long (virtual) celebration to inform, educate and create community around the topic of resiliency in all of its forms. Each night will feature a webinar bringing together the voices of our community. All events are free and open to the public.

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Governing for Justice: Structuring Our Communities for Equity, Sovereignty and Self-Determination
November 19 5:00 – 6:00 pm

To govern is to oversee the direction and guiding principles of a community. How a community is governed essentially shapes its equity, relationships, and sovereignty. Looking behind the patterns of inequity in our food systems, we find antiquated governing structures built by and for dominant classes. In this session, we will hear from visionary womxn and femmes who are influencing and building new forms of governance that represent marginalized perspectives and incorporate the resilient wisdom of equity, self-agency and collectivism.

Reflecting on the insightful conversations of our webinar series, ShiftMeals decided NOW was the right time to invite a courageous and fresh conversation on how to build community governance that supports justice and equity. 

Learn More and Register Now

31st Women’s Festival of Crafts
Nov 20-Dec 18 2020

The 31st Women’s Festival of Crafts is thrilled to announce that we are still here creating and have gone VIRTUAL for the 2020 Holiday Season! Shop with over 80 unique Vermont artists from the comfort of your home! We will be showcasing many past vendors and an array of new artists this year.

No need to sign up for anything, just head to our website at your leisure for direct links to all of this year’s vendors. Make sure to follow our instagram (@womensfestvt) and FB (@womensfestivalofcrafts) for special promotions and product features November 20th thruDecember 18th. We hope that you shop small and local again this holiday season.

Learn More About The Festival

VTCNA Annual Fall Harvest Gifting

The Vermont Cannabis Nurses Association is coordinating their Fall Harvest Gifting and they have tons of great stuff to give away! Get in touch to arrange a pickup or donation.

Exhibitor Registration now LIVE for Virtual Hemp Fest
January 29, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This year, we’re expanding our programming and bringing in speakers from across the country for a Virtual Vermont Hemp Fest will be taking place on January 29, 2021.

Attendees can enjoy informative livestream webinars, networking, live chat opportunities and lots of other ways to learn and meet new folks!

Exhibitor features:

 Interactive Booth In Expo Area

 Logo Placement on Landing Page

  Live Streaming From Booth (Zoom supported)

 Booth Promo Videos

 Live Chat w/Attendees

 Deals, Discounts, Rewards for Visitors

Check out our press release with more information. Exhibitor registration is now live, and a limited number of sponsorships are available. Get in touch with questions or register now!

Visit to learn more.

NECANN Vermont
May 8-9, 2021

Join us in beautiful Burlington, Vermont for the state’s largest cannabis convention – a full weekend featuring 120+ exhibitors, educational seminars, and programming showcasing medical cannabis, industrial hemp, CBD wellness products, and the very best of the growing New England cannabis industry. Don’t miss the Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention May 8-9, 2021.

How you and your business can get the most out of your NECANN experience:

👉🏽 Register to Exhibit

👉🏽  Contact About Sponsorship

👉🏽  Apply to Speak

Get more info on the 2021 Vermont Cannabis Convention here.

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UVM Extension Industrial Hemp Training Program

Tuesdays Starting Nov. 3, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Created for agricultural and technical service providers by the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, these new, comprehensive online webinar trainings will kick off November 3 and run continuously except for holiday weeks all the way up to February 16, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to attend the 2021 and 2022 UVM industrial hemp conferences at no cost to them.

Topics Include:

  • General Hemp Agronomics
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • All Things Organic
  • Hemp & Seedling Propagation
  • Modern Hemp Policy
  • And More!

Visit the event page to learn more about the program and register for courses now.

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