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Collaborative Seasonal Market and Crop Planning – 60 minutes

A case study and process for cooperative crop planning

 

From crop planning to packaging to marketing, getting your product from farm to market can be a challenging enterprise. A pilot market & crop planning project is linking specialty crop producers with the tools, assistance, and relationships that can support their successful entry or expansion of wholesale sales in Northwest Washington. Sustainable Connections in partnership with Northwest Agriculture Business Center and Cloud Mountain Farm Center have created a cohort of wholesale buyers and farmers working together to help farms scale up to capture and increase wholesale sales.

 

Focusing in on 10 key crops, the team is working on sharing best practices on growing, harvesting & packaging these crops for wholesale, and syncing up products with buyers through forward agreements. Learn more about best practices for buying or selling local food in the wholesale marketplace, what’s needed, what buyers want, and how we can grow this model across the state.

 

Agenda:

 

  • Overview of Project Case Study
  • Methods and practices for cooperative crop planning
  • Results from Year 1 
  • Projections from Year 2

 

Presenters: Jeff Voltz, Northwest Agriculture Business Center; Cheryl Thornton, Cloud Mountain Farm Center

 

Choose from the following dates:

 

Tuesday, April 6 3:30-4:30pm

Monday, April 19 2:30-3:30pm 

Wednesday, April 21 2:00-3:00pm 

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