I just learned about this upcoming conference from a colleague in Massachusetts. It is open to all New England growers.
Wholesale Success Workshop
Wholesale Growers and Buyers Showcase / Networking Lunch
When: February 25, 2014
Where: Wachusett Village Inn, 9 Village Inn Road, Westminster, MA
For questions contact: contact Erika Zekos at Mass. Farm to School
What to bring: If you have one, please bring an aerial or line drawn map of your farm to draw on during the workshop. You are also welcome to bring marketing materials, crop lists, etc. to the Growers and Buyers Showcase.
Workshop Description: This full day workshop will be led by FamilyFarmed.org trainer Atina Diffley and will cover Post-Harvest Handling - Maintaining the Cold Chain - Cleaning and Drying - Packing and Grading - Relationships with Buyers - Food Safety Best Practices.
Participating producers will receive a free copy of the Wholesale Success manual. Normally an $80 value, this 300+ page manual is newly updated, revised, and in its fourth printing. Wholesale Success covers up-to-date best practices information on food safety, postharvest handling, packing, business management, marketing, and crop-specific profiles for over 100 crops.
Growers are also invited to participate in the Wholesale Grower and Buyers Showcase / Networking Lunch – an opportunity to speak one-to-one with buyers interested in finding local wholesale producers.
This workshop for New England farmers is provided by FamilyFarmed.org, in partnership with Farm to Institution New England, the USDA, Massachusetts Farm to School, and Franklin County Community Development Corporation Western MA Food Processing Center.
Chelsea Bardot Lewis
Agricultural Policy Administrator
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620