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Working with Local Livestock Processors

By Jason Detzel It is true that there are fewer processors today than there used to be. And on top of that, there are a lot more regulations that cost money to implement. The processors themselves are reporting to us that there is barely enough business to keep them afloat because there are very few … Read More

Can Small Farmers Join the American Artisan Food Movement?

by Maria Grimaldi American consumers have created a sophisticated demand for locally produced Artisan foods that rival imported and industrially produced products.   The 2018 NOFA-NY Winter Conference held in January presented a unique educational opportunity for farmers and food processors to understand the techniques of food preservation and production.  Two presenters, Rachael Mamane and Jeffery Robers, are authors of recent books on small-scale food production, which explore techniques steeped in traditions brought to America by immigrants from around the world. Jeffrey Roberts, Chelsea … Read More

Local Food Economic Impacts in Vermont

by Jake Claro When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers, and seed, feed, and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy not only … Read More

Do Your Products Meet Your Customer Values?

by Brian Moyer Many times when we introduce our products to the marketplace, we don’t always think about how our potential customers will view the product. We may know how special our new product is, but how do we get that information to our customers? An example might be trying to sell freezer beef in … Read More

‘Meat and Greet’ Fair Brings Farmers to Local Tables

By RJ Anderson When it comes to shopping for meat, more consumers are looking for products raised locally. Many of those consumers, however, have trouble connecting with nearby farms to satisfy their buying preferences. Looking to break down that barrier in upstate New York was the inaugural Meat & Greet Farmer and Chef Fair. Held March … Read More

Successful CSAs in Low-Income Communities

Binghamton Farm Share helps CSA farmers develop sustainable business in untapped low-income markets. by Kate Miller-Corcoran Connecting farmers and residents in low-income areas is a strength of the Binghamton Farm Share.  Each season since its inception in 2013, half of the share members have fallen within very low to moderate income ranges, as set forth by … Read More

Viability of Farmers Markets for Direct Marketing Farmers

by Diane Eggert and Laura Biasillo Farmers all across the country often find that farmers markets are a profitable outlet for their farm products. Markets provide farmers retail level pricing, which adds significantly to their bottom line, as compared with many other venues. But farmers who are not involved in farmers markets often dismiss them as a cost effective strategy for their … Read More

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: New York State Farm to School Program

The second round of funding is available through New York’s Farm to School Program. The program helps school districts across New York State establish stronger relationships with local growers and producers and increase their use of homegrown specialty crops. $500,000 in grants is available for projects that help Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools buy and … Read More

Vermont Farmstead Frozen Yogurt Speeds Up Production with Slow Money

Vermont investors, capital providers and entrepreneurs connect at Slow Money Vermont events to boost local farm and food economies and communities. by Rachel Carter Creamy farmstead frozen yogurt in vanilla, chocolate, maple, and coffee flavors is pumped into 300 Cobb Hill Frozen Yogurt pints a week—a number that has more than doubled from this time … Read More

Learn to grow mushrooms at 11th Annual Camp Mushroom

June 3 – 4 Hidden Valley Camp, Watkins Glen NY Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 4pm Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the … Read More

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