Ag Resources > Marketing/Community Supported Agriculture
For many farmers the opportunity to sell directly to restaurants provides the perfect marketing opportunity. In order to improve your chances of a successful relationship there are some important issues that you should consider. Join Mary Peabody, UVM Extension and representatives of the Vermont Fresh Network for an overview of how to determine if selling to restaurants is a good marketing option for your farm. Click to view the recording Also available: "Is Selling to Restaurants Right for Me? Assessment
Available for $10, topics at this February conference focused on business management, farmers' markets, roadside stands and PYO, niche markets, consumers and agritourism. Available from DMC-Proceedings, CCE Tomkins Co., 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850.
This book contains more than 50 pages of tips and real-life anecdotes about how congregations can become more involved in a locally based, sustainable food production system. To order a copy, send $4 to: Land Stewardship Project, 2200 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110; tel.-(612) 653-0618.
Available for farmers who want to bring processing, packaging, labeling and marketing dollars home to their farms. It is published by the MSAWG Marketing and Rural Development Committee, includes case studies of different direct marketing enterprises, Midwestern state and federal marketing contacts, and an extensive resources section. It is available for $20 from NSAS, PO Box 736, Hartington, NE 68739; 402/254-2289.
This book includes interviews with Southern farmers and ranchers who are adding value to their products, describes some of their practices, and includes a list of resources. It is available for $12 from Southern SAWG publications, PO Box 324, Elkins, AK 72727; 501/292-3714.
This kit contains videos, resource materials and activities for small and large group gatherings, with a focus on building healthy communities by linking people with their food, the land and each other. To inquire about renting the kit, call Mary Schulte at 612-653-0618.
This is a 13-minute video detailing how Redeemer Lutheran Church set up a garden that serves its neighbors in need. The congregation and staff of Redeemer have, since 1985, produced approximately 100,000 pounds of organically grown produce that has been distributed to area food shelves and senior citizens' centers in Winona, Minnesota. The video offers advice about how such a garden can be set up and run in a community. For a copy, send $17 to the Land Stewardship Project, 2200 4th St.., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
This handbook for CSA producers, pulls together the experiences of innovative CSA farms across the country. In addition to narrative examples, this handbook includes simple charts and worksheets for use in running CSA projects. It also provides detail on topics such as legal issues, writing newsletters, and postharvest handling. Per copy, this handbook costs $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping. To order, send your name, address, phone number, number of copies requested, and a check payable to "UC Regents" to: UC Cooperative Extension, Attn.: CSA Handbook, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603.
Proceedings from the Growing Together Conference for Community Supported Agriculture in Michigan, November 2004 now available. Transcripts of Elizabeth Henderson’s keynote address, CR Lawn’s closing remarks, and notes from many of the workshops. Printed booklet is 32 pages, $8 postpaid. A CD includes a PDF file of the Proceedings and pictures from the conference, $3.50 postpaid. $10 for both. CSA-MI, 3480 Potter Rd, Bear Lake, MI 49614. Info at 231-889-3216.
Innovative new technology for direct market farmers - The Square Accessing of every possible sale is a common goal for direct market farmers. How many times have you watched potential customers slip away when they find out you only accept cash? Do you want to capture more sales at market or your roadside stand? Do you want a portable credit card machine that is free, easy to use, and gets you paid faster? The Square is a free device and application for iOS and Android devices. The tiny white, plastic square plugs into the audio jack of your device and allows you to quickly and easily slide Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American express credit or credit/debit cards. The free application turns your device into a mobile cash register, receipts are sent immediately to the customer via email, transactions deposited into your bank account in 1 day. You pay a flat fee of 2.75% per swipe. Easy to learn, and very secure (no personal customer information is stored on your device), and a great way to maximize use of your smart phone or tablet computer. Square Up Site