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Agri-culinary business development adjusts to the times

2020-11-04T15:17:54-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Bottling juice has become so profitable to Red Jacket Orchards that the farm scaled back its farmers markets presence to focus on juice, sold in venues from Maine to Texas.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Founding a successful agriculture/culinary business relies on an owner’s ability to tweak the business to the times. (more…)

CSAs talk planning & organization

2020-05-27T13:12:39-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Community supported agriculture (CSA) programs have become another means for producers to bring income to the farm as well as lock in markets and a revenue stream. Garrett Ziegler, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator, recently spoke on the topic as part of the MSU Extension Beginning Farmer webinar series. (more…)

Worker hygiene vital to GAPs compliance

2020-04-08T09:31:29-05:00April 8, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Laura Biasillo, agricultural economic development specialist with CCE-Broome County, spoke about the importance of workers’ involvement in food safety on the farm at a recent GAPs training workshop.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

If you want to comply with the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) program, your farm employees represent the vital link. Laura Biasillo, agricultural economic development specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County, spoke on “Worker Health, Hygiene & Training” as part of the recent two-day GAPs workshop. (more…)