Ramping up production from direct sales to providing goods for wholesale markets means farmers must acquire new skills and competencies. Working through a farmer cooperative, producers were offered education on food safety and how to expand their operations.
How do we best prepare small farmers to produce goods (food) that will be sold to wholesale markets through a farmer cooperative?
Farmers need education about safe food production and handling methods/requirements, assistance with writing a farm safety plan, information on standards and expectations, and encouragement to go through some type of audit process to evaluate their operation. Experienced farmers are needed to serve as models and mentors to new farmers.
Year of Grant Completion
Nordschow, Marissa and Cross, Johnice, "Transitioning farmers to produce for wholesale markets" (2014). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 455.