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Seattle Wholesale Growers Market “Farm to Florist” December 3, 2010.

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1 Seattle Wholesale Growers Market “Farm to Florist” December 3, 2010

2 Northwest Agriculture Business Center “Bringing the Farm to Market” “Our mission is to improve the economic vitality of the agriculture industry within Northwest Washington by providing business resources and hands-on guidance to new or existing businesses that produce value-added or innovative agricultural products and services.”

3 Northwest Agriculture Business Center “Bringing the Farm to Market” 501(c)3 Agricultural Business Development Organization Founded in 2006 Initially Funded Through a USDA Rural Development Grant Now Designated as a Rural Cooperative Development Center – “primary purpose of improving the economic condition of rural areas through the development of new cooperatives and improving operations of existing cooperatives.”* * USDA Rural Development

4 Northwest Agriculture Business Center “Bringing the Farm to Market” Skagit Fresh Natural Beverage Co. - Farmer Owned NABC Facilitated Business Planning and Start Up NABC Now the Marketing Arm NABC Received Funding for Additional Product Launch and Processing Facility– Skagit Fresh Cider

5 Northwest Agriculture Business Center “Bringing the Farm to Market” Whidbey Island Grown Pasture Raised Beef - Farmer Owned NABC Facilitated Business Planning and Start Up NABC now the Marketing and Distribution Arm

6 The mission of the Puget Sound Food Network (PSFN) is to increase the production, distribution, and consumption of regionally produced food and agriculture products. The Puget Sound Food Network enables real-time communication between agricultural producers, consumers, and other participants in the Puget Sound regional system — and facilitates related transactions, through our online resource and direct account management.

7 The Online Component

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9 Wholesale Market Web Page

10 Business and Org. Planning Product Development Marketing/Branding Retail Relationships (PCC, T&C, Haggen/Top Foods, Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, Co-ops) Facilities Funding Market Access Other Consulting Services

11 Long Term Funding – While the LLC structure is easier to get off the ground and distribute funds, The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market may be ineligible for some major grant funding sources. NABC can be a partner in these funding applications. Some Grant Options – – FMPP (Farmers Market Promotional Program) – VAPG (Value Added Producers Grant)

12 Thank you for your time! Ann Leason Operations Manager Puget Sound Food Network


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