Participants discussed a number of reasons why processing, especially for vegetables, is in the forefront of the region’s food movement. There is a regional history of collaboration between cities and counties, a history of raising cash crops, land available for increasing production, and a documented demand for processed vegetables. There is a strong interest in community-based processing (such as through a co-operative business structure) and many collaborators and resources to make it happen. Furthering development of a robust processing sector in the region will give small-mid-size farmers more market options, build the local economy, and further sustainability goals.
- Who is working on this issue in the region?
- How do we best address food safety concerns?
- Where do we find business development support? Where do we learn the ins-and-outs of facilty design, mechanical systems, sanitation, regulations, etc.
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