CAYUGOODS:
Notes for a Regional Food Processing Center

Facility
* pasta
* dehydration
* community cannery
* retail
* food system education/activism
* community space

Continuua
coop -------------private
vegan------------omnivore
organic----------chemical
small------------large/factory
local-------------global
cheap-----------expensive

Marketing
* healthy food
* public health
* regional food sufficiency
* community sustainability
* local job creation
* local environmental protection
-- farmland protect
--restrain suburbia
--biodiversity

Allies, Survey Resources
* NOFA
* FLO
* Farming Alternatives Program: Judy Green
* Farmer's Market
* CSAs
* Coop Extension
* Demeter Society
* Finger Lakes Land Trust
* TC Farming Retention Program
* TC Agriculture District
* Town Ithaca "Right to Farm" law
* NYS Farmland Retention/ Ag Mktg
*Farming Alternatives Program CU

Feasibility Study for Ithaca Food System

current regional agricultural capacity
- city, towns, county, adjacent counties
-crops

equipment and prices
-pasta, dehydration, canning, pickling

quality control
- monitoring cultivation/harvest
- monitoring processing

location/s
- storefronts and warehouses

logistics
- transport raw materials to processing
- contracts w/growers

comparable operations
- NYS, New England, Midwest, Ontario

incorporation

funding sources for
- staff
- equipment
- fuel
- labels
- inventory

wholesaling
- local & export

retailing
- local & export

marketing plan
- values,

inventory local recipes

Cayugoods

Food
* locally-grown/processed (esp. CSAs) organic
* vegan (honey permitted?) bulk (locally-made containers)
* no packaging (locally-made containers for sale) no refrigeration (or bike/solar powered)
pasta
dehydrated
canned (jars)
* proscribed: refined sugar, coffee, tobacco

Hardware/Kitchenware
* locally-made local materials energy-efficiency devices

Prices
* nearest wholesale via low overhead (building, staff, fuel)
* HOURS accepted
* bicycle discount/food credit (arriving by bike)
* bicycle power food credit (bike-powered generator)
* bicycle delivery fee
* Musician food credit
* Food juggler/magician credit
* reciprocal discounts with related businesses here & elsewhere
* Farm Fund donations/surcharge

Labor
* members only or members + employees
* members are Wobblies

Information (political center)
* books & flyers: environmental, corporate, animal rights, labor, health impacts of foods food supply links maps
* PR: low-temptation store, celebrate alternatives meet the farmer local recipies for bioregional breakfast, etc
* tabling by community groups meeting room: potlucks: social/political gatherings (cooking onsite) speaker series (Jose Bové, Frances Moore Lappe, Eric Marcus, etc) computer kiosk for ridesharing, landlord registry, social connections, goods re-use,
* barter, jobs offered/needed, farm apprenticeships 501(c)3 educational arm for receiving donations for store and farm fund, etc.

Building
* centrally located
* superinsulated
* natural light/southfacing glazing
* solar/wind/bicycle electric
* rooftop rainbarrel
* greywater system
* greenhouse/s
* waterless toilet
* bike rack
* fun decoration locally made

Bylaws
* guidelines here & above noted with *
* Employees (if any) paid livable wage minimum/maximum, HOURS part pay

Survey A: Growers
* name, name of farm, contact info
* years farming total
* years farming here
* total acres
* acres/crop
* acres fallow
* acres owned
* acres rented
* Ag district/years
* easements
* neighbors
* acres capacity w/current equipment & staff
* equipment/labor/fuel costs per acre per crop
* storage capacity per crop
* organic/transitional-- years
* chemicals applied
* current market outlets
* delivery schedule
* capital needed for expansion
* willing to join growers' coop?

Survey B: Processors
* ownership local/global
* capacity

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