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Growing for Market Menu
Value-added marketing keeps more profit on your farm.
for Market -- Monthly newsletter for farmers who sell produce and cut
Trader -- Links buyers and sellers of organic products.
farm -- Resources for farmers markets and market farmers.
Community Supported Agriculture
sites -- Spurred on by a recent mention in Parade magazine, there are many new
and improved CSA resources on the 'Net, including some that list information for
CSA operations around the country. (Find a list of the mirror sites at this USDA
site.) There are many worth exploring, including:
Farm Options -- A wealth of information on alternative
enterprises and value-added marketing opportunities from Univ. of Wis.
Extension. While there are still some information gaps that need to
filled, you won't find a site with more to offer. Be sure to check out the
Alternative Field Crops & Livestock
planning resources and discussion
group. Highly recommended.
Full Season Farm
-- Satisfied customers help boost market for farm-raised and -processed
Adding Value and Flexibility
-- Diversity in the field and in the marketplace gives this grain processing
coop a leg up on the competition.
'Net Marketing -- From
simple email messages to elaborate webpages, livestock, grain and vegetable
producers are using the 'Net to reach and satisfy customers.
Market Niche Recaptures Profits
-- Specialty crops and livestock from family farms practicing environmental
stewardship show special promise, report says.
Sustainable Farmers Tap
Grocery-Chain Market -- In our news area, find out how Wisconsin
CSAs became 'first source' for nine vegetables.
smallfarms.com -- Hawaii small farmer
Glenn Oshiro started this database-driven site to connect consumers and farmers
directly, eliminating the middleman. Officially opens Sept. 1, but you can sign
up now. Listings start at $29/year.
Hometown Creamery Revival
-- SARE-funded project working with Va. and N.C. dairies on grazing, cheese
processing and marketing.
Agriculture -- Homepage for the CSA-L email discussion list, this page
provides excellent links to resources and other sites of interest to folks
considering starting a CSA. Includes links to CSA webpages. Part of John
Barclay's Prairieland Community
Supported Agriculture site.
The BuyGreen Virginia Partnership
-- A joint project of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and
Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, this model program seeks to build
bridges between producers and consumers. Labelling program with three levels of
certification -- certified organic, ecological and conservation.
In Season -- This informative and
fun site is highly recommended to growers who sell at farmers markets or to
restaurants. You'll find great tips on selecting varieties to match your
customers tastes, (including some adventurous money-makers you may not have
considered), and frequently updated news and organic outlook info. Definitely
worth checking out are magazine-like features, including a recent interview with
urban farmer Michael Abelman, a profile of tomato-loving (more than 100
varieties!) CSA growers Frances and Nigel Walker and discussions with chefs
about what they are looking for from growers. There's definitely a California
slant here. But all the better reason for growers elsewhere to check in.
Options -- This online brochure from the USDA-SARE program's
Sustainable Agriculture Network
offers a myriad of innovative methods for dairy farmers around the country to
cut costs and add value to the products they sell. Topics range from tapping
specialty markets to grazing, composting and nutrient management.
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