Use the resources below for tips to help you get started.
Many schools strongly recommend that produce is purchased from farms that are Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified.The SC Department of Agriculture offers trainings and on-farm consultations to help you prepare for your audit!
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture along with many other organizations and associations offer grants that provide financial or technical assistance to farmers.
Working with grocery stores is one way to help diversify your market outlets.
Many schools rely on distributors for fresh produce. Establishing a good relationship with your local distributor will allow you to grow your farm’s business.
Selling to food hubs provides a unique selling outlet for growers. Food hubs may be an especially good fit for smaller growers.
Selling farm items directly to restaurants can be an effective and profitable marketing channel that can help increase a farm’s sales volume while diversifying market channels.