Farmer Survey regarding local food labeling
We’re thrilled to announced that a survey is now active through June 7th to gauge interest in a Local Food Labeling system that will allow small family farms to get standard bar-codes for their products to improve shipping, inventory and retailing at little or no cost to the farm. Consumers want to confirm that anything labeled as ” Local Food” really does come directly from a farm in their area, and the Locale system provides for a direct link to farm information, including the exact location, from a simple smart phone app that scans the Locale bar-code. Please link to the survey to participate and include contact information at the end if you think this can help your farm and community.
Our team has created a survey to first determine farmer’s interest and questions about the QR and GTIN bar-code labeling that is now available in our region through the good people at OurLocale.com. Please participate in the survey, and check back with http://www.localechesapeake.com for a link in the coming weeks. We want to create a system for all consumers, institutional buyers, restaurants, farmers market customers and all consumers to “Know their Farmer” and so that we can all choose foods that are carefully grown to the highest of standards. “Source Verified” is important to us all.
Through some generous grant funding, LocaleChesapeake.com is able to establish QR codes and GTIN Bar-codes so that family farmers can easily get labels on their products that will help consumers find their farm. For starters, if you profile your farm, and create an inventory of the products you expect to sell this season, then internet-savvy consumers will be able to “find” your products and send advance orders or see which farmers markets you participate in. Those same consumers can save your location on their phones or laptops and come back to purchase at their convenience. LocaleChesapeake will also get you 500 ” shelf talkers” 4 X 6″ cards with a QR code that links to your farm’s website or profile on OurLocale.com. It’s all designed to help you sell more directly, and to help consumers find farms and farmers they wish to become part of their regular food supply. Farmers, visit OurLocale.com and look for the big Green GO button. Consumers, browse farms in your area, and enjoy connecting with your own local food supply
http://www.marylandtedco.org/calendarofevents/detail.cfm?eventID=393 Link to this week’s event about aquaculture and technology for agriculture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The Governor and the Department of Agriculture in Maryland are once again creating a ” Buy Local Challenge” to residents of the Free State. July 21st is the date for the Cook-off at the Governor’s house in Annapolis and it kicks off a week of focus on Maryland grown foods with events running from July 23-31 across the state. Visit http://www.BUY-LOCAL-CHALLENGE.com for info on how your workplace can participate and possibly win a catered lunch for the office!
Welcome to LocaleChesapeake; a local food verification , and food safety compliance system. We’ll publish technical info, and we’ll link to other “local food” participants in the middle atlantic states.
New and old processes bring local food from family farms -