Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) are offering a free webinar designed for specialty crop growers.
On May 23 from 7 to 8 p.m., Terry Romp will present “Building Relationships with Regional Grocers.” Romp, the buyer for Heinen’s Fine Foods, a local chain of 17 grocers in northeast Ohio, has developed the local purchasing program at the store and has nurtured relationships with local and regional growers.
A fourth-generation produce marketer, Romp will discuss best practices for growers who want to sell to regional grocers, along with information about packaging requirements, billing, volume and delivery to help aid local growers who want to sell their products to grocery stores.
There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required. Register at www3.gotomeeting.com/register/664497294.
Archived specialty crop webinars in this series, “Improving Efficiency on Your Organic Farm,” “Building Mutually Profitable Relationships with Independent Chefs and Restaurateurs,” “Advanced Weed Management Techniques,” “A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm,” and “Effective Cover Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms,” are available to watch online at www.oeffa.org and www.cvcountryside.org.
Partial funding for the webinar series is provided through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.