CONNECTING TO THE TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAIN

Level: Advanced
Presenter: Laura Sansone

Textile Lab and Parson's New School of Design Instructor Laura Sansone brings us up to date on advances in processing and marketing animal and plant fiber. Laura will discuss the demand for high-end textiles, and apparel and home furnishing manufacturers and designers who wish to source locally "farmed" fibers and textiles.

 

CO-PACKED PRODUCTS: OPENING THE MARKET BEYOND YOUR FARM AND KITCHEN

Level: Advanced
Presenter: Heather Sandford

Processing opportunities are on the rise, even for small farmers. Dairy, meat, fruit, veggie, and grain farmers are invited to learn from Heather Sandford about the advantages of third party processing to expand your marketing opportunities for value-added products.


Good Karma for Developing Value-Added Products

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Gene Olczak

The Good Karma Sauce Company recounts how developing a passion for the "hots" lead to a successful business.


NEW FOODS, NATIVE PLANTS: AN ADDED-VALUE CROP GROWING UNDER OUR FEET

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Marie Viljoen

Indigenous edible plants have serious regional food value and remain relatively unknown in mainstream marketing and eating. Join Chelsea Green author Marie Viljoen to learn more about native plants.


CREATING A SUCCESSFUL RURAL FOOD HUB

Level: Intermediate
Presenters: Jori Wekin and Anna Isserow

The Hub on the Hill is a unique example of a successful rural incubator kitchen. Join this workshop to learn how the Hub has created unique farm and business partnerships around a shared-use kitchen, adding up to profitability by creating value added food products.


UNDERSTANDING HEMP MARKETS: THINKING PAST THE FARM

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Chris Cardillo

How do you add value to Cannabis? This workshop will help industrial hemp farmers develop an understanding of the  demands of the industrial cannabis market. Chris Cardillo, businessman and cannabis marketing entrepreneur will narrow it down from global to domestic markets. Chris will cover the importance of quality control and processing challenges in gaining a competive edge in the market.


9 MILES EAST FARM: EXPANDING THE MARKET FOR HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Gordon Sacks

9 Miles East Farm is a farm and food business focused on expanding the market  for locally-produced, farm-fresh meals  by serving busy consumers with meals prepared, cooked, and delivered direct from the farm. You will want to attend to appreciate the scope of this unique operation and sample some of the delicious products from this farm kitchen operation.


CLEAN AND HEALTHY NEW YORK: WHAT THE LABEL DOESN’T TELL—TOXIC INGREDIENTS PRODUCED BY PACKAGING AND PROCESSING

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Kathy Curtis

Looking inside the package. What the label doesn't tell us.


PRODUCING FOR A MISSION: MUSTARD SEED N’ MORE

Level: Beginner
Presenters: Maggie Brewer and James Brewer

Maggie Brewer and James Brewer are food processors and social justice entrepreneurs producing a line of 25 mustards for over 25 years. The bulk of the profits are donated to support mission work both in the United States and in Africa. Join this workshop to learn about building a value-added business.


RESPONSIBLE FOOD PRODUCTION: INSURING FOR SUCCESS

Level: Beginner
Presenter: Bob Bleistein

Current insurance matters for today's business owner, farmer or food processor. Bob Bleistein will lead you through various models of insurance to address the needs of farmers, marketers and food entrepreneurs. Bring all your questions and expect the correct answer.


FROM BOATS TO BEEF JERKY: LESSONS LEARNED IN GETTING PRODUCT TO MARKET

Level: Beginner
Presenters: Mike Merwin and Tamara Merwin

Mike Merwin founded Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky after retiring from the Navy to fulfill his entrepreneurial passion of handcrafting a premium beef jerky. Mike and Tamara Merwin will bring their entrepreneurial experiences of the lessons learned and barriers overcome in branding, processing, and distributing Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky.


GETTING ACCESS TO CAPITAL: IF I ONLY HAD A GRANT!

Level: Beginner
Presenter: Kimberly LaMendola

Kimberly LaMendola is an economic development professional who specializes in grant writing. Kimberly will lead participants through the basics for attacking grant RFPs and choosing the right grant for your proposal, with plenty of time for Q&A. A great workshop for farmers and processors alike.