If you've been to a grocery store lately you've noticed the many displays for locally grown products.  Public demand has grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives all looking to purchase products straight from the growers and producers.  Cornell's Small Farms Program is teaching you how to get involved.

Baskets to Pallets is a 2 session course designed for growers and producers of a variety of products from produce to meat to syrup.  Sessions will cover:

  • building relationships with buyers
  • customer management and record keeping
  • pricing, grading and packaging
  • uniformity and consistency
  • food safety

The course will take place on consecutive Tuesdays; January 24th and January 31st from 10 to 4 at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown.  Two people from each operation can attend for just $35 and that includes lunch.  The workshop is limited to 40 people so preregistration is important.  You can register online or for more information contact Violet Stone, Cornell Small Farms Program,  (607) 255-9227 or email vws7@cornell.edu.

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