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Workshop to Help Small Farm Businesses Break into Wholesale Market
Program features best practices for small farms to sell to commercial
and institutional buyers
As demand for local food soars opportunities abound, but to take advantage and grow, growers need help navigating the wholesale market.
On January 23-, 24, 2017, Community FARE (Food-Advocacy-Resources-Education) a local non-profit organization, with support from the U.S.D.A and FamilyFarmed, will host the “Wholesale Success” workshop. The program was developed and will be led by the FamilyFarmed’s Atina Diffley, an organic farmer and author of the 2012 award winning memoir, Turn Here Sweetcorn: Organic Farming Works.
The event will be held at Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in Jefferson, MD, which has offered their restored Dairy Parlor for 25 farmers to come together and learn what it takes to work within the wholesale buyer’s system. Topics to be addressed include: sizing and grading vegetables and fruit, how to label and assign lot codes, building grower/buyer contracts, pricing, communication, sequential planting, quality control, trends and more. The workshop is intended to bring each participating local farm closer to being able to serve the wholesale market
Please follow the links below for more information and how to register for this important marketing workshop
Montgomery County Farm Transition Estate and Planning Workshop
Montgomery County Extension Office
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Planning for a successful transition from one generation to another is often done poorly or not at all. I've seen countless instances in my 35 years in Extension of families hurt by poor planning in this area. The workshop will be offered free of charge and include lunch. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 301 590-2809.
If you think you can benefit from this workshop, please download the Montgomery County Farm Transition Estate and Planning Workshop flyer.
The Flyer contains the program for an estate planning/transitioning workshop that will be held at the Montgomery County Extension Office on Wednesday, January 18th.
This program should be helpful to farmers as well as non-farmers.