The Crooked Carrot Story: Small-Scale Processing

  • CADE 5 Elm Street Oneonta, NY 13820 USA

Silas Conroy, founder and co-owner of the Crooked Carrot in Ithaca, NY, will discuss his experiences in local food processing.

The Crooked Carrot, a small-scale local food processing business in Ithaca, NY has grown from a vision of re-localization, a shoe-string budget, and tons of community support.

Starting with a 290 sq. ft. rented kitchen at Stick and Stone Farm, the Crooked Carrot has grown sales by 60-80%  every year since its founding in 2011, sourcing 100% of its fresh ingredients from farms within 30 miles of Ithaca,  and returning the vast majority of all the money it spends to other local businesses (74% within 30 miles in the 2015-2016 production year).

Silas will share the Crooked Carrot's story, including numerous failures, as well as the key strategies and guiding principles that have begun to prove more successful: community finance, diverse enterprises, cooperative culture, local import substitution, low-cost food processing infrastructure and techniques.

Join us at the CADE office in Oneonta, for a discussion of what's working for the Crooked Carrot, and the obstacles ahead to continue expanding the re-localization of food.

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