Sunday, September 27, 2015

Scaling Up to Meet the Demand for Local Food Workshop

Beyond Farmers’ Markets:  How to grow local food jobs and businesses.

What We Know
* Demand for food from local producers is strong.
* Large markets are interested in connecting with local production.
* Farmers and food entrepreneurs are busy supplying it as best they can.
* Major gaps in capacity (production, processing, distribution, and marketing) impede further growth.

What We Want to Discuss
* Controlling product quality and consistency; overcoming seasonality challenges; offering consistent supply to match demand; ensuring food traceability and food safety; infrastructure to supply larger volumes; steadier pricing; capacity development; managing increased need for labor.

Who Should Attend
* Local producers, food hub and farmer’s market coordinators/managers buyers, processors, food retailers, food distributors, food service management
* Food system financiers, large systems, intermediaries, public health advocates, planners
* Government officials, supporting organizations, consumers, community leaders
* All interested in building economic development through expanded marketing opportunities for local food

Workshop Dates and Information
Registration & Check-in will begin at 8:30 am prior to workshop on Nov. 5 & 6
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Thursday, November 5, 2015: Scaling-up Workshop: Lunch provided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Friday, November 6, 2015: Introduction to GAPS                  
9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Saturday, November 7, 2015: Preparing the Farm Food Safety Plan

Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center; 2400 Scenic Ave., Springfield MO 65807

Costs:   Nov 5 only: $40.00       Nov 6 & 7 together: $40.00     All 3 days: $70.00

To Register:  Call 417-881-8909 or e-mail Clarissa Hatley at
Space is limited! Pre-registration Deadline is October 31!

Late registrations will result in an added fee of $5

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