Baskets to Pallets

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2018 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

By Tara Hammonds / December 7, 2017

Baskets to Pallets at the 2018 NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Saratoga Springs, NY January 21, 2018, 8:00-9:15am Looking to diversify sales? Food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives are seeking your products, but these ‘intermediated’ channels require different marketing strategies. This workshop will include discussion and activities to prepare direct-marketing farmers to start building successful sales…

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Are You a Farmer Seeking New Markets? Join us in Cooperstown, NY

By Violet Stone / November 28, 2016

Are You a Farmer Seeking New Markets? Start Selling to Food Hubs, Groceries, Restaurants and Cooperatives Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand?    Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably-grown food.  Yet, doing successful…

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2016-17 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

By Violet Stone / September 29, 2016

Farmer Buyer Mixer, Brown’s Brewing, Troy, NY March 6th, 2017.  3:00pm – 6:00pm Farmers that complete either a Baskets to Pallets trainings or a FINYS training will be invited to meet wholesale buyers at a Farmer-Buyer Mixer at Revolution Hall (Brown’s Brewery) in Troy, NY on March 6th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  The Mixer will provide…

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Now Available: Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual

By Claire Cekander / June 22, 2016

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the new Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual (1st Edition).  The 16 lesson plans in the Manual are intended for an audience of small and mid-scale farmers in New York and the Northeast, who have been primarily direct marketing, but who are seeking to explore wholesale markets — specifically groceries, food…

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Educators: Register Now for 'Baskets to Pallets' Statewide Training

By Violet Stone / March 7, 2016

Are you an agricultural educator or service provider in New York State interested in supporting farmers seeking to enter food hubs, groceries, restaurants or cooperatives? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Northeast SARE are pleased to announce a new statewide professional development opportunity. ‘Baskets to Pallets: Preparing Small and Mid-sized Farmers to Enter Food Hubs,…

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Small Farms, New Markets: Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect

By Violet Stone / March 30, 2015

Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect In recent years, a variety of new wholesale opportunities have opened to small and mid-sized farmers.  Whether its a brick and mortar venue such as a food hub, distributor or grocery store, or a virtual venue such as an online marketplace, these new avenues provide countless new…

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Baskets to Pallets

By Violet Stone / July 29, 2014

Project Lead: Violet Stone Are you a farmer seeking new markets? Local foods generated $11.7 billion in sales in 2014 and are estimated to climb to $20.2 billion by this year. At the same time, growth of sales of local food at farmers markets, farm stands and through CSA models has lost momentum.  Some farmers…

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2014 Small Farm Summit

By Kacey Deamer / March 24, 2014

About the 2014 NY Small Farms Summit On March 24th,  the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted the 4th NY Small Farms Summit.  The full day program, Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell, featured small farmers’ perspectives on the pros and cons of selling wholesale. Morning presentations included vegetable farmer Darren Maum of Salvere Farm,…

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Small Farmers: Is it Time to Add a Bigger Market?

By Violet Stone / March 18, 2014

Statewide meeting March 24th features farmers’ perspectives on food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants & more…. The practice of direct-marketing — selling products face-to-face via farmers markets, CSA’s or farm stands — has traditionally been attractive to small farmers because it cuts out the ‘middle man’, leaving all the revenue in the farmers’ pocket.  It can…

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