We organize regional "got local?" networking workshops designed to connect farmers and producers with chefs, institutional food service providers, and other local wholesale food buyers. These facilitated sessions provide education and guidance for direct marketing relationships as well as a critical face-to-face component that helps personalize these professional relationships. Based loosely on the concept of "speed-dating," the goal is to develop stronger bonds between farmers, producers, distributors,and end consumers of sustainable food [also institutions, chefs, co-ops, caterers, bed and breakfasts, assisted care facilities, school food service operations].
This project is funded from grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.