September 18, 2014

Food Processing – let’s scale up farming in the Berkshires!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 25th, 3 – 4:30   free and open to the public, at the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield’s public library), 1 Wendell Avenue, just east of Bank Row and the city center green.

 

Our panelists are Jim Hyland of Farm to Table Co-packers (F2T) in Kingston, NY, and Michael Tesoro of Ooma Tesoro’s, based in Windsor, Mass.

 

F2T was one of four 2012 winners of the prestigious Harvest Award from the Glynwood Foundation, recognizing innovation and leadership in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems. More information about F2T is here:

http://www.farm2tablecopackers.com/

 

F2T is also one of two organizations that will receive a state grant of more than $826,000 as part of a $3.6 million New York initiative to develop food hubs announced today (Feb. 13) by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  According to the Governor’s announcement, the Hudson Valley Food Hub funding will expand the infrastructure of two successful food processing and distribution firms that serve New York State farms: Farm to Table Co-Packers and Hudson Valley Harvest. With additional processing equipment, cold/freezer storage, trucks and distribution depots, these two businesses will have expanded capacity to meet the growing demand for local food from customers in New York City and throughout the Northeast. The Hudson Valley Food Hub works with over 60 NYS Farms from 19 counties, farming over 7,500 acres. Products coming through the food hub include vegetables, berries, fruits, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat, honey, maple syrup, grains, beans, cider and eggs.

 

Berkshire County’s Ooma Tesoro’s continues to expand production and distribution of its marinara sauce to some 200 stores throughout New England. The New York Times called the saga of Ooma Tesoro’s “a storybook tale of small business triumph.” Michael is now planning the next phase of expanding his business to meet increased demand. He will discuss his personal experience in building a food business from scratch – from product development, regulation, production, packaging, sales and marketing, and distribution. He will also discuss new opportunities to expand value-added processing in Berkshire County.

 

This event is co-sponsored by Berkshire Grown, Sustainable Berkshires, and Keep Berkshires Farming.

 

Please RSVP to barbara@berkshiregrown.org

 

Hope to see you there!