Value-Added Products for Fun and Profit

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Speakers: Devra Gartenstein, Business Impact Northwest; Melissa Moeller, Northwest Agriculture Business Center
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 4
  • Track: Track D

Learn about the basics of producing value-added products and applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant. If you grow and sell farm products in Washington State, you can probably increase revenue by transforming or marketing your raw materials, and you probably qualify for a USDA Value Added Producer grant. Value-added isn’t limited to jam or cheese. There are many other ways to add value to your raw materials, including selling them locally! Come learn about value-added production and sales strategies, and get an overview of applying for this grant program that is uniquely designed to help small to mid-sized farms.

About the Speakers

  • Devra Gartenstein

    Business Impact Northwest

    Devra Gartenstein founded Patty Pan Cooperative, a Seattle-area business that produces value-added products made from locally sourced ingredients. She currently serves as Farm and Food Business Support Specialist with Business Impact NW.

  • Melissa Moeller

    Northwest Agriculture Business Center

    Melissa Moeller started and operated Misty Meadows Farm for 16 years. In that time, she grew her pasture raised egg business from a three hen hobby to a thriving business that sells to grocery stores and restaurants throughout Washington State. As a farmer, she applied for and won three different Value Added Producer grants. She is passionate about sharing what she knows with other farmers and works with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center to assist farmers, ranchers and fishers in applying for these grants.