Dozens of farmers get tips on the wholesale marketplace
Workshop tackles marketing, post-harvest handling, food safety
Get Farming, Wholesale | February 13, 2013 | By Jim Sluyter
- Mark Coe: Having had the oppertunity to present at a local school with Meghan and Leanna, supporting the work Food Corps does is a wonderful thing. They provide a learning oppertunity to our children in agricu...
- Linda Hutchinson: Great! Having been raised on a farm, near Arcadia, I wish my dad who was a Farmer's Market regular in the 60's, 70's and 80's, was here to be involved in the "farm to table" and "local food" initiati...
- Dale Scheiern: It is easy to store and enjoy all winter long too!! Take 1 qt. freezer bags, fill to the point they will lay fairly flat ( not rounded) so they stack easily in the freezer. Local fruit all winter lo...
- Sharron May, The May Farm: You are correct if you are referring to industrial monocultures of animal or plant agriculture which are extractive, organic or not. Fortunately there are small farms pioneering more regenerative prac...
- LillyM: I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with Lianna and hope to meet Meghan. Every FoodCorps volunteer I have met over the years has been incredible. A phenomenal organization with dedicated and...
|Atina Diffley's credibility, humor, solid information—and endurance—kept the audience engaged at the Wholesale Success workshop on Feb. 11.|
More than 60 people from nearly 50 farm operations crowded into the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center on Feb. 11 to hear Atina Diffley deliver one of the most effective workshops in the five-year history of MLUI’s Get Farming! program.
“Wholesale Success” focused on the marketing, post-harvest handling and food safety needs of growers interested in moving into the wholesale marketplace. But almost all of those considerations are valuable to growers at any scale or marketing strategy.
Harry Norconk, with decades of experience in growing and marketing asparagus at Norconk Farm, said he came away with seven or eight new ideas or considerations that he will apply to his farm business. His overall impression? “It was excellent.”
Jill Kiteley started a small urban farm, Dream Acres, just last year and found the information “very applicable, especially ‘best practices’ and sanitation considerations that we can apply and use right away.”
Noel Weeks is just starting out on La Casa Verde Farm and found it “especially useful for a beginner” because it exposed him to issues he had not considered.
“I will be using some of the ideas presented to set up a washing station this spring,” Weeks said.
Everyone had high praise for Diffley, whose credibility, humor, and solid information—and endurance—kept the audience engaged from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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|More than 60 people from nearly 50 farm operations attended the Feb. 11 workshop on succeeding in the wholesale marketplace.|