Format: Webinars/Forums/Lunch & Learns

Farmers Market Coalition

As Farmers Markets add curbside pickup, take advance orders, and offer bundled market purchases, customers are getting fresh, local foods in the midst of a pandemic. But, these innovations can also bring legal risk as well. With some advance planning, market managers can address these risks and create a program with strength beyond COVID-19. We’ll cover issues including increased liability risk, shifting insurance needs, potential licensing obligations, and concerns under site agreements. Your webinar…

Farmers Market Coalition

“Box programs” or curbside/drive-thru models have popped up across the nation to provide small and mid-sized farmers with an additional opportunity to sell their products and continuing to elevate farmers markets and make healthy food accessible to communities. In this webinar, market operators using this model will present on: How to run a curbside/drive-thru (contactless) model in a farmers’ market, including offering SNAP/EBT payment and nutrition incentives (the match provided on SNAP benefits). Participants…

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

Watch our informal bi-weekly office hours where we take questions from the audience of folks wanting to start new meat processing facilities. Our special guest for this call was Ted LeBow of Kitchen Table Consultants, an expert in food & farm business planning and financing. He has helped his clients raise over $70 million dollars in capital over the years. In this hour we discuss: -Feasibility studies and business plans -Grant options -Attracting equity…

Farm to Institution New England

This virtual forum for dining directors and interested partners shared responses to the COVID-19 corona virus crisis to learn from each other. We talked about food safety protocols, budgets, supporting staff in times of need, and how we can deploy and share resources to meet shifting needs and priorities. Resources, chat log, and other documents mentioned in the call can be found at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/cov……

Farmers Market Coalition

This webinar focused on market-level platforms (either a sales platform or through listing vendor sites on the market website) that allow shoppers to place pre-orders to then be picked up at either a drive-through or walk-through market where vendors are required to be on-site to hand off their goods. (In some cases, these markets may also be allowing sales for some walk-in customers and may also be handling SNAP sales at their booth.) Market…

Farmers Market Coalition

Farmers market operators are among those leading for how local food is meeting this historic moment including “drive-thru” models, delayed entry, pre-bagged goods, new layouts and more. For this webinar, market operators shared how they actually implemented a new COVID-19 practice through the physical redesign of market spaces. It did not cover online platforms that some market leaders are using to build new, off-site purchasing systems; that topic will be covered in future webinars….

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

Hear from three experienced panelists who sell their meats online & ship direct to consumers. Let’s turn the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to connect our niche meats to hungry consumers. Topics will include: regulations, setting up an online store, different web platforms, accepting payments, updating inventory, meat selection, subscriptions versus ala-carte orders, boxes, insulation, dry ice, maintaining cold chain, shipping carriers, costs. Panelists included: Matthew Lawrence, Marble Creek Farmstead & Marble City Meats…

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

NMPAN Director Rebecca Thistlethwaite will hold bi-weekly Zoom office hours in June and July for folks contemplating building or purchasing a small-scale meat processing facility (slaughter and/or cut & wrap), as well as retail exempt butcher shops. Informal discussion where attendees can submit questions and then we talk about them….
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