Hello Gian, I would like to discuss with you, in more depth, the process of moving your vegetable products into the value-added category. Specifically, I'm interested in what it looked like to find the processor for the dehydration? Did that processor do the packaging as well? Was the marketing design done in-house or did you use and outside marketing firm? I am working with a producer co-op/food hub and I think we would like to move in the direction you took. If you aren't able to reach me on this platform my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me if you would like to discuss things a little more. Your work is very interesting.
Thanks for your comments Alana. I hope that our engagement with stakeholders shows in the understanding of how rural communities, both from a retail grocery standpoint and an Ag producer standpoint, view their situation and what they would like to see their communities look like. We engaged with financial lenders as well in order to understand what it is they feel needs to be done to make these food industry components viable again in rural Illinois.