Unit 1: Value-Added Production
In this Groundwork to Grow program, you'll learn about value-added products from local business owners and farmers and work together to plan your own value-added agriculture business!
👩🏽🌾 E Komo Mai | Welcome!
Welcome to our FIRST EVER Groundwork to Grow! We’re so excited that you have decided to join us! Groundwork is a collection of 4-week courses offered by Hoʻōla Farms on various agriculture topics, offering exposure to community resources, local experts and experienced farmers. This course covers an introduction to Value-Added Products. Participants will be work together as a cohort through the entire process of growing, processing, packaging, labeling and selling value-added products.
✏️ Course Description
Value-added agricultural products are produced in a way that increases value and shelf life. Generally they are prepared or processed, packaged or bottled, labeled, and marketed to a wide consumer base. Examples can include jams, jellies, butters, cremes, soaps, lotions, roasted coffees, dried teas, baked goods, honey and bee products, etc. Technically, any way that you are able to “add value” to your produce makes it a “value-added” product. Participants will have the opportunity to meet local experts and farmers and learn about resources and requirements for creating different types of products. The cohort will workshop their own value-added product plans.
📅 Schedule & What to Expect
- 4 Virtual Classroom sessions
- Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, starting February 1st
- 4 Field Days at local operational farms and businesses
- Saturdays from 8:30am-11:30am, starting February 5th
During Field Days, cohort will visit local farms and businesses and learn from owners and experts.
During Virtual Classroom sessions, we will work together to workshop actual participant value-added product ideas. Valuable business and agriculture resources will be reviewed. Our goal is to provide participants with an understanding of what they need to succeed with value-added production.
If you you are unable to attend any of the virtual classroom sessions or field days shown below, please contact the instructor, Anthony Florig, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
⚠️ Before You Begin Checklist
Before you begin this course, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Pay your $50.00 course tuition via PayPal by clicking this link.
If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a scholarship or you would like to make other payment arrangements, please email Emily Emmons.
- If you have not already done so, complete our Accident Waiver & Release of Liability as well as our Photo & Video Recording Release.
- Complete our short Value-Added Production Intro Survey.
Your instructor will verify that all of these steps have been successfully completed before you attend your first module (class).
🎓 Included Modules & Full Schedule
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