Education at the Mad River Food Hub

Learning Butchery at the Mad River Food Hub

Learning the art of whole animal butchery is about a lot more than just learning to cut meat.  Our training focuses on the entire economy of meat production; starting from on-farm production of animals to careful sourcing, costing, and selling.  The goal is not only to teach practical butchery skills but give students the necessary experience to create a successful business.

Our Staff

The variety of walking paths from country roads to challenging mountain trails is one reason people say the Mad River Valley is one of their favorite places to visit in Vermont.

Bill Cavanaugh has helped run some of the country's most well-respected butcher shops, including the famous Fleisher's Grassfed and Organic Meats in New York.  Specializing in whole-animal seam butchery, he brings a unique perspective on the way in which butchers and charcuterie makers can have a significant impact on local food and agricultural economies. Robin Morris, the founder of the Mad River Food Hub has decades of experience in financial and business management and is an excellent resource to teach the back-office skills aspiring business owners need to be successful 

Our Facility

One of the most important aspects of learning to work in a properly outfitted, USDA inspected facility.  Our shared-use processing space not only gives you the chance to learn how to work under a HACCP plan under USDA inspection, it also allows you to watch other established businesses as they make their products.  

Kayaking on Blueberry Lake with beautiful views of the mountains is one reason people say the Mad River Valley is one of their favorite places to visit in Vermont.
Easy country roads, challenging hills to climb and an extensive network of mountain biking trails is one reason people say the Mad River Valley is one of their favorite places to visit in Vermont.

Training to fit your needs

Come for a weekend class learning meat preservation and smoking while staying at a local inn and doing some skiing - or come for a longer, one on one apprenticeship. Whether you're looking to start a career in retail butchery, interested in learning some skills to benefit the homestead, or wanting to refresh an established business we have a class to meet your needs.  

Check out our upcoming classes