If it’s one thing the Mohawk Valley is known for – it’s food. But how much do we really understand about how to grow sustainable economies around food? What about building for-profit businesses with a heart (also known as social enterprises)?

Whether you’re a farmer, restauranteur, entrepreneur or anyone interested in issues related to the business of local food, you’re not going to want to miss this.

MVCC’s thINCubator is so excited to welcome Food System Philosopher and Social Entrepreneur Chris Hartman for a week of workshops, mentorship and insights.

Chris is founder and president of Headwater Food Hub.  Headwater Food Hub is an organizing and social entrepreneurial force in the Rochester area working towards a sustainable food system in and around New York State.  Chris has worked for more than 20 years as a farmer, engineer, educator, community organizer, and as an entrepreneur to create positive change in the food system.
During his time at thINC, Chris will be available to answer your questions during set office hours (want to pick his brain about food businesses, starting a social-enterprise, or YOUR business), Small Group Roundtables, and Workshops that are FREE and open to the public.

We’ll kick things off on Wednesday March 13th with a MESH networking night where you’ll get to meet Chris, hear about his journey and mingle with other Creatives, Entrepreneurs and people building up the Mohawk Valley. MESH is from 5-7pm RSVP up to attend.

Chris will also hold workshops and Q&As on how to build a business with a heart (a social enterprise), the importance of design in your startup, whether you’re in the food business or not, and opportunities for Farm-To-Instition and Farm-to-Schools.

It’s going to be a delicious week.

Book a 1-on-1 Mentor session with Chris to talk about your business, social enterprise, food, or anything that’s on your mind.

An open discussion and design-thinking session with the goal of better understanding, supporting, and enhancing the Public Market in Utica.

A discussion on the Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution movement: successes, challenges, and our collective ideas moving forward.

A narrative and analytic look at regional food system development efforts and the quest for all three bottom lines and an open discussion on the importance and utility of social entrepreneurism.

Instagram Abundance

Join us for our LAST round of the Instagram Abundance Workshop Series at thINCubator. We are bringing you in-person tactical sessions that are built around the online course “Instagram Abundance” built by Hugette Montesinos. We’ll discuss not only Instagram, but how to get laser-focused on your target audience, using Hugette’s strategy as an example.

We’ll use Instagram as the example platform, but all of the principles within the workshops are applicable to different areas of your business. We are sharing the EXACT course materials that Hugette Montesino’s uses for her niche market to demonstrate what NICHE means. We’ve worked with her to bring you these workshops at a subsidized cost and we are the ONLY location offering her course content in-person. BRING YOUR PHONES AND BE PREPARED TO APPLY WHAT WE LEARN. REGISTER for the series or a single workshop NOW!

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Instagram Abundance +++ Workshop Bundle


Access to all three Instagram Abundance +++ Workshops. These workshops are valuable to attend BEYOND the focus of Instagram. We are keeping these workshops RAW. We are intentionally using the EXACT course material used in Hugette Montesino’s Instagram Abundance online course to demonstrate what it means to focus on a niche audience. We’ve worked with her to bring you these workshops at a subsidized cost and we are the ONLY location offering her course content in-person.

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Instagram Abundance – Workshop 1



FEBRUARY 14TH, 12-2pm

This workshop will be a compilation of how-to’s and tactical for honing in on your purpose, strategizing the must-do’s on your IG profile, and defining your brand pillars.



Instagram Abundance – Workshop 2



FEBRUARY 21ST, 12-2pm

Consistency & clarity is key. You’ll learn tried and true strategy in planning your posts visually, discover your niche and dive into IG workflow so that you can free up time to deal with the other moving parts within your business.

Instagram Abundance – Workshop 3



FEBRUARY 28TH, 12-2pm

Let’s dive into your business a bit more. All of the principles within the workshops are applicable to different areas of your business beyond Instagram. This is so important because you don’t own your followers. How do you stay up with IG’s new language and keep your following if Instagram were to go POOF tomorrow?