Tag: local-food

Can Social Media Boost Small Farm Viability?

The internet has the potential to be “rocket fuel” for small to medium sized businesses.  Small to medium sized businesses that employ online marketing strategies are 280 percent more likely to grow revenues (Google) than businesses that don’t engage in online marketing.  Online marketing can provide a big boost for small business owners and farmers alike. Three effective and low cost… Read more →

Marketing Tips for a Successful “Fill Your Pantry” Event

Are you a non-profit organization looking to ignite your community around local food?  Hosting a Fill Your Pantry Event is an excellent way to engage the community, help your local food sellers clear out their stocks, and raise funds and awareness for the local food ecosystem. We’ve compiled 4 tips to help make your event a success! Start planning early.… Read more →

How fruits and vegetables have turned from healthy to risky

  The fresh aisle of grocery stores have changed.  Where once there were whole melons, stacks of plastic clamshell containing pre-cut melons exist.  Pre-chopped and bagged lettuce replace fresh heads of romaine lettuce. Don’t want to cut up a butternut squash – no problem, just grab a container of pre-cut squash cubes. In the last couple of years, pre-cut and… Read more →

Promising Trends for Local Food Producers

by Kami Semick Americans are waking up to good food. In the last few days, Nestle announced it is selling its candy business to Nutella maker Ferrero, so it can focus on more healthy food.  Last November Mars, the maker of Snickers, purchased a line of microwavable vegetarian meals.  And Hershey recently bought the maker of Skinny-Pop popcorn. Food industry… Read more →

Land of Moussaka and Honey

by Kristin Yurdin   Three of my favorite things are climbing rocks, traveling and eating good food. On rare occasion when these things come together the world feels like a perfect place. I was fortunate to recently enjoy one of these moments. I spent the last 3 weeks on the small Greek island of Kalymnos with my husband and two… Read more →

Anthony Bourdain Takes on Food Waste in America

by Kami Semick View the trailer to Anthony Bourdain’s “Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste” If you’ve watched any of Anthony Bourdain’s travel and food related shows, one thing you know is viewers always get his honest, typically unfiltered, opinion.  And not just about the food. Given his honest approach to subject matter, I’m anxiously awaiting the full release of Bourdain’s new… Read more →

Is local food’s future tied to knife and cutting board sales?

By Kami Semick Recently in the local news, I read about a plea for funding from a pillar of local food in my community, Central Oregon Locavore. Central Oregon Locavore, fondly known locally as just Locavore, is a non for profit organization with a brick and mortar retail store for farmers and ranchers to sell their food on consignment. Locavore… Read more →

Food4All in the Cascade Business News

Thank you Cascade Business News, for the article: Food4All Disrupts and Advances Local Food Movement  BY CBN ON MAY 30, 2017 Food4All, a tech startup based in Bend, is reshaping the way small farmers are selling to local consumers, and leading the way for communities around the U.S. to become more sustainable. After a full year of software development, Food4All… Read more →