Monday, February 18, 2013

For farm and food entrepreneurs: How to start a year-round farm business using value-added food processing services

We're launching a new seminar series aimed at helping grow small farms in our area and innovative food entrepreneurs world wide.

If you know people who may be interested in food entrepreneurship and sustainable ag, please forward this link.

We'll do the first two seminars in the beautiful growing regions of Southern and Western Wisconsin in early March.  Join us if you can.

Then we'll move them online.

If you are out of this region, sign up for newsletters and future online seminars below.

The idea is that there are many great small farms looking to grow and diversify their enterprise.  There are also many great food entrepreneurs worldwide who need new opportunities.

Farms in our region and food entrepreneurs worldwide can utilize the safe, legal, food processing capabilities of community based food processing kitchens, starting with the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point, WI and the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua, WI.

The Innovation Kitchen model represents a valuable response:  Safe, certified commercial kitchens offering professional food processing services, community employment, and business development support.

You can sign up for our newsletter and future online seminars using the links below. 

The Innovation Kitchen model can help with important parts of this discussion.  

How to start a year-round farm business using value-added food processing services

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Innovation Kitchens on Facebook

For people who follow this site for information about the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen and the emerging world of small batch specialty food processing I have a new resource where you can learn even more.

We've created a new Facebook page as a tool for distributing news that is specific to our Innovation Kitchens work.

Please visit the new link below and 'Like' us.  You'll get the full news feed for this great new small business story!

Innovation Kitchens on Facebook.  Please visit and 'Like'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Choose Your Own Food Adventure - "It's time to dream"

Safe, year-round, value-added, regional foods.  It's a good idea.

There was a nice article in last weekend's Wall Street Journal about some of the ways authenticity in foods is being celebrated.

I loved the title:  Choose Your Own Food Adventure.
I also loved the closing of the quote below, "It's a great time to dream."

If you want to participate in an another kind of authentic food adventure, we're presenting new seminars in March about ways small farms can build their businesses to serve the demand for regional foods.

I intend to put a lot of focus on the new USDA micro loan program and what it can mean for communities and their small farms.  If you or your organization would like to support small farms in your area, you should learn more about this program.  I am convinced this is a very valuable new tool for communities and their small farms to grow one another.  Stay tuned

From the WSJ article:

Choose Your Own Food Adventure:

"Recognizing that authenticity has replaced luxury as a culinary watchword, a new crop of companies has sprung up to indulge this heightened craving for epicurean adventure. They offer direct access to the most influential chefs, food journalists and food artisans, as well as introductions to talented home cooks, bloggers and local foodies in the world's great food cities. In some cases, offerings can be crafted and customized; in others, they are already tailored to desires so specific you might not yet realize you have them... It's a great time to dream."


Access to professional value-added food processing services can be a vital driver for regional economic development.  Local foods create regional vibrancy.

Choose Your Own Food Adventure:  Wall Street Journal article by Katy McLaughlin Feb. 2-3, 2013

Free seminar:  Value Added Food Processing - How to develop a year-round food business and your own brand.  March 2 and March 4