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Thinking of starting a farm? Already have one and need help with business practices and marketing? Want to expand into wholesale markets?

Let CFSA’s Market Access Initiative help you assess the business side of your farm’s operations.

 

This consulting program will help you:

  • Assess the feasibility of a business plan and implementation timeline.
  • Maintain financial records and benchmarks.
  • Incorporate best practices in succession planting, post-harvest handling, washing, packing, storage, and transportation necessary to meet market specifications.
  • Design strategies to maximize efficiency, food safety, and workflow.
  • Develop and implement a business plan for accessing direct-to-consumer and/or wholesale markets.
  • Understand infrastructure, packaging, labeling, traceability, transporting, and basic food safety norms to meet wholesale buyer requirements.
  • Creating successful online marketing campaigns and a social media presence.

 

Why should you apply?

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  • You will receive one-on-one technical assistance from a knowledgeable staff member, which is free with CFSA membership.
  • Running a farm as a business is challenging. Getting help with financial recordkeeping and benchmarking is essential to maintaining your success and sanity.
  • Improving the flow of your farm systems–planting, harvesting, washing, packing, sorting, and storage–will save you time and money.
  • Good post-harvest handling strategies improve food safety and the overall quality of your product, helping you meet buyer requirements and increasing your profits.
  • Learning to navigate essentials such as packing and labeling can greatly expand your sales potential.

 

How to apply:

    1. Must be a current CFSA member. Not a member? Join today! If membership is a financial burden, please contact our membership coordinator, Marianna Spence, via email or phone (919.542.2402).
    2. Submit a Market Access consulting application.
    3. Be willing to complete surveys and provide information on how participation in the program has impacted your operation.

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Questions?

Reach out to Geoff Seelen, Market Access Coordinator via email or phone, (919) 542-2402 ext. 834.

 

 


Sponsors:

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants (SC SHOE, LPSI): Funding for this workshop (or project) comes from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences OR (depending on state) South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program logoLFPP: Funding for (project or publication) was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM170100XXXXG084. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

 

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