The Old Fort
Community Partners offer Alternative Direct Marketing Methods for Small Farmers
Are you currently producing vegetables, fruit or meat in southwest Colorado? Are you interested in expanding beyond traditional markets but don’t know where to start? Several community partners in southwest Colorado will be offering a series of workshops followed by individual consultations to assist you with identifying alternative direct markets in 2013 and 2014.
A Marketing workshop with topics including market demand for local produce and meat products, significance of crop planning and appropriate pricing methods. Panel discussions with both buyers and producers will give you the opportunity to network and ask questions.
Next, a Skills workshop with topics including developing food safety plans, completing school bids, developing crop plans and budgets, and contacting local buyers in the hospital, restaurant and institution sector.
The workshops will be followed by the opportunity to schedule individual consultations. These meetings will allow you to work one on one with local experts to assist you with crop planning, recordkeeping and financial planning, livestock production plans, food safety plans and developing price lists for your operation.
Community partners working together to bring you these events include Fort Lewis College, Colorado State Extension, LiveWell Montezuma, Twin Buttes, San Juan RC&D, Sunnyside Meats, Farm-I and Southwest Lamb
Local Food Survey - Gabe Eggers
Market Channel Assessment Tool - Beth LaShell
Business Side of Local Food Production- Vic Vanik
Buyer Panel FAQ- Durango
Producer Panel FAQ- Durango
Buyer Panel FAQ- Cortez
Producer Panel FAQ - Cortez
Crop Planning - Gabe Eggers
Meat Quality Evaluation - Beth LaShell
Cover Crops for Fruits and Vegetables - Gabe Eggers
Record Keeping - Beth LaShell
Pricing your product- Linley Dixon and Laurie Hall
Scaling up Production - Mike Nolan
Becoming involved in Farm to School; 2013 Bid and Food Safety Checklist- Krista Garand
We are ready for you to begin
signing up for individual consultations for the WRME Alternative Marketing
program. See the two attached schedules for Cortez and Durango to decide what
subjects you need help with. Be sure and sign up for the correct locations:
Durango - Jan 22 and Feb 5th at fairgrounds
Download Durango flier for listing of available topics
Cortez- Jan 23 and Feb 6th
at Lewis Arriola Community Center
Download Cortez flier for listing of available topics
sign up for individual consultations:
Go to www.oldfortathesperus.appointy.com
Select topic and default
Select date and time
you would like to meet (most are 60 minute slots)
To book appointment, you’ll
need to enter name, email and a password to create account
You can book appointments
with additional consultants and create your own schedule
You’ll receive an email
confirmation and another reminder 24 hours prior to appointment
You can log back onto www.oldfortathesperus.appointy.com
and change or cancel your appointments
have trouble with this website, please contact Beth LaShell at email@example.com
so you don’t miss out on this opportunity because of technical issues.
Looking forward to seeing you
in a few weeks.
Wednesday, December 4th - 3 pm to 8 pm
LaPlata County Fairgrounds ; 2500 Main Ave; Durango, CO
Thursday, December 5th; 3 pm to 8 pm
Calvin Denton Room; Empire Electric; 801 North Broadway; Cortez;
Topics will include developing crop plans and record keeping templates, pricing products, selecting cover crops for fruit and vegetable production, understanding meat quality and creating a brand and logo. The Durango workshop will include developing food safety plans and completing school bids. Registration ($12 before Nov 29th; $16 after) includes dinner from local businesses and skill building resources.
Tuesday, November 5th; 3 pm to 8 pm
Southwest Hospital Annex; 20 South Market Street; Cortez, CO
$12 includes local dinner and marketing resources if RSVP by October 28th
Wednesday, November 6th; 3 pm to 8 pm
LaPlata County Fairgrounds; 2500 Main Ave; Durango, CO
Download brochure on Marketing workshops