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Farmers’ Roundtable Discussion on Increasing Local-Food Distribution
February 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Foodshed Alliance is committed to protecting farmland and realizes one of the best ways to achieve this outcome is to secure economic opportunities to help farmers continue farming.
The Foodshed Alliance invites you to a roundtable discussion regarding farmers and access to markets in northern NJ. The discussion will be facilitated by the Foodshed Alliance and farmers Dave Zelov of Kittatinny Mountain Farm, Jacob Hunt of Windy Brow Farm and Al Esposito of Poplar Wood Farm. The topics will include:
- The pros and cons of the various food hub models: Current distribution lines, brick and mortar, cooperative, etc.
- What are the roadblocks and barriers to institutional buying and selling
- A discussion of alternatives to the traditional farmers market model: A rolling CSA or midweek market, a cooperative approach to branding and selling.
The steps to follow this gathering, which will be exclusively farmers, will be to work on the formation of a workgroup of leaders from a wide spectrum of agriculture and economic development organizations to explore how to increase the volume of locally grown food purchased by larger institutions. The goal of the work would be to:
- Coordinate a Strong, Visible Farm to Institution Movement in Northern New Jersey
- Fostering Demand for Local Food by Institutions
- Supporting Regional Networks and collaborations
- Evaluate and implement alternative farm to market models beyond that traditional farmers’ market
The meeting will take place on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
PLEASE RSVP TO KENDRYA@FOODSHEDALLIANCE.ORG