November 14, 2014
Cultivate ~ Grow ~Harvest
The regional Economic Development agencies in partnership with Northwest College proudly announce the Big Horn Basin Food Summit. The conference will be hosted in Northwest College's new Yellowstone Building Conference Center on November 14, 2014.
Why is there not more local food available in our grocery stores? Why do our restaurants not serve more Wyoming beef? Why do our schools struggle to provide healthy meals in our agriculture communities? How can a Regional Food Hub help producers sell more products to these institutions? How do we get from point A to point B? Is this opportunity a good fit for me? Where do we start?
What is a Regional Food Hub?
A Regional Food Hub is an organization, often a Co-op, which provides a combination of aggregation, storage, packaging, value added processing, distribution, and marketing services enabling farmers and ranchers to gain entry into new markets that would be difficult or impossible for them to access on their own. To provide large, consistent, reliable supplies of regionally produced foods, Food Hubs also work side by side with producers in areas such as financing, production planning, season extension, branding, certification, and food safety - all of which enable producers to access institutional customers.
Regional and Local Speakers:
- Understanding food safety liability when providing products to institutions.
- GAP introduction and GAP Certification training opportunities.
- Practices proven to reduce risks for specialty crop producers (season extension and crop insurance options).
- How USDA producer grants can reduce financial risk by providing working capital.
To register call (307) 754-6062