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Violet is the coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, which seeks to prepare small and mid-sized farmers to enter intermediated market channels such as food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives.  She also serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.

Training Offers Holistic Approach to Learning

By Violet Stone / May 20, 2019

On March 14th and 15th the Baskets to Pallets project hosted a regional Training in Rochester NY.  In this retrospect, Violet Stone shares how the Training prioritized a holistic approach to learning… As project coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, much of the work I do is at a desk, coordinating the development of…

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Baskets to Pallets Training Aims for Holistic Approach

By Violet Stone / March 25, 2019

On March 14 and 15, the Baskets to Pallets project hosted a regional training in Rochester, NY. In this retrospect, Violet Stone shares how the training prioritized a holistic approach to learning about wholesale markets such as food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives. As project coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, much of the…

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Register Now: Diversify Your Market Channels & Explore Wholesale

By Violet Stone / March 1, 2019

Are you in search of new markets? Have you considered intermediary channels like food hubs, grocery stores, schools and cooperatives? The demand for local food continues to grow…Is your farm business ready for the opportunities? Ensure your success by joining us for ‘Baskets to Pallets’, a comprehensive two-day introduction to selling wholesale. Baskets to Pallets…

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Baskets to Pallets Farmer Training: Rochester, NY

By Violet Stone / February 28, 2019

Baskets to Pallets Regional Farmer Training. March 14th and 15th Irondequoit Conference Center, Rochester, NY Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, schools and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for locally produced food. Yet, doing successful business with wholesale…

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2019 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Training, Rochester, NY

By Violet Stone / February 27, 2019

Baskets to Pallets Two Day Training Tug Hill Vineyards, Lowville, NY January 29 & January 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm The ‘Baskets to Pallets’ course is designed for farmers of all enterprises and will cover building relationships with buyers, customer management and record keeping, pricing, grading and packaging, uniformity and consistency, and food safety, among many other topics! …

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Seeking New Markets? Baskets to Pallets Coming to Rochester March 14-15

By Violet Stone / January 31, 2019

Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, schools, and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for locally produced food. Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires planning and preparation. Ensure your success by joining us for ‘Baskets to…

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Training Instructors Biographies

By Violet Stone / January 15, 2019

Baskets to Pallets Training Instructors Violet Stone launched the Baskets to Pallets Project in 2014 in an effort to prepare direct-marketing farmers to successfully connect with new scale-appropriate markets.  Prior to joining the Cornell Small Farms staff, Violet worked as a farmers market manager, local foods educator and farm direct-marketing consultant.  She is also the …

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Announcing the 2019 Baskets to Pallets Training in Rochester, NY

By Violet Stone / January 15, 2019

Baskets to Pallets Regional Farmer Training. March 14th and 15th Irondequoit Conference Center, Rochester, NY Are you in search of new markets? Have you considered intermediary channels like food hubs, grocery stores, schools and cooperatives? The demand for local food continues to grow…Is your farm business ready for the opportunities? Ensure your success by joining us…

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Group picture, Baskets to Pallets Cohort

A Retrospect on the Baskets to Pallets Cohort Opening Gathering

By Violet Stone / August 14, 2018

On August 7 and 8, we convened the inaugural gathering of the new Baskets to Pallets educator cohort. Here’s a brief update on the new cohort and the work they plan to do over the next two years. Last week, I was happy to find myself out of my office chair and seated instead in…

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Announcing the Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort

By Violet Stone / June 26, 2018

The Baskets to Pallets project is pleased to announce members of the new Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort.  Over the next 2.5 years, members will have the opportunity to work closely to share knowledge and expertise, design and teach lesson plans, meet buyers, receive free coaching and ‘big picture’ perspectives on local food marketing trends from…

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