- Fruits: berries (strawberries), melons
- Vegetables: beans, cabbages, carrots, cucurbits, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
- Additional Plants: herbs
- Miscellaneous: mushrooms
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, focus group, participatory research, workshop
- Farm Business Management: cooperatives, marketing management, e-commerce, market study, whole farm planning
The overall goal of this project was to explore how the long-term sustainability and profitability of small, limited-resource farmers could be enhanced through collaborative marketing. This study analyzed the marketing potential of small farmers at the local, state, and regional levels. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews, participant observations, and focus groups. In addition, an aggressive outreach plan to increase the marketing potential of small farmers in the Black Belt region was implemented. This project expanded the knowledge base of small farmers and assisted them in making informed decisions regarding the marketing of their products.
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1. To provide an analysis of the vegetable produce market structure on small, limited resource farmers in the Black Belt region and how this structure influences their sustainability and profitability;
2. To identify existing and potential collaborative marketing opportunities for small, limited resource farmers in the Black Belt region; and
3. To develop and implement an outreach and technical assistance program that will enhance awareness of various marketing opportunities and ultimately enhance the marketing potential of small farmers.