HURRY: APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 31!!!
Dear Potential ET Food Hub Beginning farmer partner:
Did you know that over half of all beginning farm businesses fail within the first 5 years of operation? Ellwood Thompsons (ET) Produce Educator-Heather DeMascio and Virginia State University College of Agriculture (VSU-COA) Cooperative Extension-Dr. Theresa Nartea are teaming together to make a positive change in increasing the success rate for Virginia beginning farm businesses.
VSU-COA and ET are working together to develop an ET Food Hub model targeted at priority purchasing from minority and women farmers who have owned and operated their farm for less than five years and who farm within a 100 mile driving distance from the ET store located at 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, VA 23221. Through an unique partnership with VSU-COA, selected farmer applicants will receive educational training to successfully sell directly to ET and develop their diversified marketing strategy to ensure continuing business success.
Dr. Theresa Nartea & Heather DeMascio
The South Hill Farmer’s Market is holding an interest meeting next Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:00pm at the South Hill Town Hall. If you are interested in growing for a farmer’s market but aren’t sure which products are needed, want to learn more about how to display your products or work with customers, or information on rules and regulations for vendors, come check it out.