While students enjoy their spring break, the Rome Ballroom at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT becomes available for a variety of activities geared to groups outside the student body. It was in this setting that several university groups collaborated to present a meeting titled, “Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability.” To develop this program, three departments within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources collaborated to bring in speakers with expertise in a variety of areas that relate directly to marketing and promotion. The Department of Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy developed an informative session designed to stimulate those in the industry to take a hard look at their own management and marketing programs. Continue reading
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
“We’re riding the wave of the local food movement,” said Bevan Linsley, Farmers Market manager and conference organizer. This conference focused on tools market managers could use to improve food safety for a long and prosperous season.
Janet Coit, RI DEM director and Ken Ayars, RI Division of Agriculture chief offered opening remarks at the Farmers Market Manager Conference, held at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) headquarters In Providence, RI. Continue reading
High in the hills of Hawley, MA sits Tregellys Fiber Farm, where Andrea Phillips of Cap Hill Tibetan Yak Farm in Little Compton, RI purchased her main yak bull Target as a calf, almost six years ago. She’s checked every year since to see if a female has been born. This year she hit the jackpot with a three week old thigh-high female whose grandmother is a Jersey.
Indeed, the Jersey behaved like a grandmother, protectively standing by the calf as she waited to be picked up. Her “dzomo” — half yak, half cow mother — waited behind the fence. No bellowing nor bleating arose; yaks only grunt, and that came later. Continue reading
Thriving farmers markets have loyal customers and great vendors. The customers spend money, return regularly and bring friends. Successful vendors bring great products, friendly smiles and the right pricing, week after week.
During a Farmers Market Manager Conference held in Rhode Island, a brainstorming session revealed contribution to a successful market and what may be holding it back. Continue reading