Connecting Specialty Crop Farmers with New Markets and Food Hubs: Financial and Food Safety Options
Date: May 5, 2014
Location: Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
“Connecting Specialty Crop Farmers with New Markets and Food Hubs: Financial and Food Safety Options for Scaling Up”
Monday, May 5, 2014 from 11:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
This workshop will bring together experts from many different perspectives to help specialty crop farmers connect with new and larger markets, specifically through the use of new channels such as food hubs. Financial and food safety experts, value-added entrepreneurs and chefs as well as institutional buyers will share successful ways specialty crop farmers are opening doors to new markets through improved financial readiness and food safety practices.
Registration for this workshop is free of charge but space is limited.
Please RSVP by April 28, 2014 at: http://bit.ly/1hBTuVc
Tour of Washtenaw Food Hub and Lunch 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
• Courtesy of Dan Vernia and Whole Foods Market
Introductions and Workshop Overview 12:30 – 12:45 PM
• Richard Andres, Dan Vernia and Kim Bayer, Washtenaw Food Hub
• Marty Gerencer, Morse Marketing Connections
Opportunities in New Markets 12:45 – 1:15 PM
• Value-added, Institutional Buyers, & Local Wholesalers
Financial Readiness, Business Planning and “Locavesting” 1:15 – 2:30 PM
• Mike Niesyto, Greenstone Farm Credit
• Chad Gerencer, Morse Marketing Connections
• Neil Simon, Reconsider/Revalue
• Mary Ann Nisley, Whole Foods Market Loan Program
Food Safety Options for Reaching New Markets 2:30 – 3:00 PM
• Phil Tocco, MSU Extension
What Do Growers Need to Reach New Markets and 3:00 – 4:00 PM
How Can the Washtenaw Food Hub Help?
• Richard Andres, Dan Vernia, Kim Bayer, Washtenaw Food Hub
Washtenaw Food Hub, Morse Marketing Connections, Michigan State University – Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS), Michigan State University – Extension, Farm Credit Council, Greenstone Farm Credit, and Wallace Center at Winrock International.
This project is funded with support from USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, through Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).