Marin Organics Cooperative Marketing Program

Project Overview

FW03-107
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2003: $13,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Warren Weber
Star Route Farms

Commodities

  • Agronomic: corn
  • Fruits: apples, melons, pears
  • Vegetables: artichokes, peppers, tomatoes
  • Animal Products: meat

Practices

  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: extension, networking, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: cooperatives, marketing management
  • Soil Management: organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities

    Summary:

    With this project we encouraged and facilitated the purchase locally-produced organic food in schools, farmers’ markets, and retail outlets. We built public awareness and understanding of the importance of supporting local sustainable agriculture by increasing media coverage, creating an informative and attractive website, hosting and attending
    public events, and educating growers about sustainable practices. We provided interested ranchers and farmers with tools and information for sustaining and enhancing their operations, increasing the viability of local agriculture.

    Introduction

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    Project objectives:

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