Series: The Benevolent Side of GMOs
Calling all farmers!
1. Who or what is your market?
M. Bendzela/Dow Farm: We went from four subscribers in 2011, to ten in 2012, to nineteen this year. We’re what you would call a traditional CSA. We also take what we can to a small farmers market in Gorham, Maine. This is not a big-time operation. I have a “real” job, of course: I teach writing at the University of Southern Maine. I’m on a leave-of-absence from a volunteer fire-rescue gig with our town until I figure out how well the farm is going to do and whether it will persist.
B. Womack/Homestead Hill Farm: All our products are sold directly to the end consumer, primarily at the Staunton/Augusta Farmers Market.
D. Wilde/West Texas Cotton Farm: The dryland cotton that we raise here is of lower quality (shorter fibers and less strength.) This leads to our cotton being used for lower end cotton products, not the luxury shirts and sheets. Due to this, most of our cotton is exported to China and India where they have the proper mills to weave this quality of cotton.
J. Hoadley/Slow Money Farm: We market to those who want food choices and transparency. When people buy a group of birds or some meat rabbits for us, they can do so with confidence in knowing where they were raised and what they ate. They have the option to follow the growth of their food, should they care to. It costs a little more sometimes, but often we’re competitive with grocery stores. We normally sell direct to the customer.
B. Scott/corn, soybeans, popcorn & wheat farmer: Our dent corn mostly goes to The Andersons. Some to a normal grain terminal, or if the the price is right for the extra few miles of trucking we’ll go another 10 miles to their ethanol plant. We occasionally sell corn to a local elevator that operates quite a few hog facilities. All our waxy corn goes to Tate & Lyle. We grow popcorn for Weaver Popcorn. You’ll find Weaver branded as Pop Weaver, Pop Secret, and many private labels including Trails End which is sold by Boy Scouts. They are also suppliers for some other companies and movie theaters. And the Pentagon cafeteria! Soybeans will also go to The Andersons, and sometimes further down the road to an ADM facility in Frankfort, Indiana where they process bean meal and soybean oil. The new high oleic oil varieties go there although we have not contracted any acres for that process yet. Here is a blog post about all this. http://thefarmerslife.com/agchat/where-does-my-harvest-go/