Marketing Local Food, Feeding your Community

Are you serious about wanting to produce food, feed people and sell what you grow? Producing food crops for sale is only one half of the equation. Successfully marketing your crops is what will make your growing endeavors worthwhile financially. We will consider a wide variety of marketing avenues looking at everything from Farmer’s Markets to CSAs to Wholesale options plus a few think outside of the box ideas. We will uncover the pros and cons to each marketing channel so that you can figure out which marketing options will work best for you in your system.

*Due to our location, we are able to offer 5 free scholarship spots in this class to folks with a valid U of M student ID. Interested? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Details

  • Workshop Title:
    Marketing Local Food, Feeding Your Community
  • Date:
    Tuesday, 18 February 2014
  • Teacher:
    Courtney Tchida
  • Location:
    Rapson Hall Room 43, (http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/RapsonH/) 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Intended Audience:

    Market Gardeners, Backyard Farmers, Farm-scale growers, Rural Growers

  • What sets this workshop apart:

    This class covers basic marketing options direct to consumer and wholesale options plus a slew of other innovative ideas.

  • Level:
    Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Recommended Reading/Prep:

    Will be provided at the class: Marketing Local Food from the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Teacher Bio:

    Courtney Tchida, Student Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota since 2003. She is the Farm Manager for Cornercopia Student Organic Farm, which was create in 2005 for the purpose of giving students at the University a hands-on real world experience of growing organically as part of their college experience. Courtney has an M.Ed in Agricultural Education (2007) and a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture (1999) both from the University of Minnesota. She has also received training and certification in Permaculture Design, SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) Farming, and Biointensive farming.

  • Date of Class:
    Tuesday Feb 18th, 6-8pm
  • Outdoor Elements:
    No
  • Will leave knowing:

    Participants will leave with numerous resources and ideas on how they will be able to market what they grow.

  • Register for this Class:

    Marketing Local Food, Feeding Your Community

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