The NASDA Foundation kicked off the Farm2Food Accelerator in 2017 with the mission of equipping women farmers and food entrepreneurs to become more economically sustainable. The accelerator launched pilot projects for women in Oregon and Washington. It soon after expanded to Nevada and Florida. The NASDA Foundation will now offer this program to in California, Connecticut, and Nevada in 2023.
What is the Farm2food Accelerator?
This program is a 15-week online course that helps minority farmers and food entrepreneurs explore growing their food businesses. Participants receive training in product development, marketing and more.
Where Farm2Food Has Been
In the 2022 cohort, the NASDA Foundation “graduated” 50 women from FL, OR, NV & WA. Participants participated in both SIAL America in Las Vegas, NV and the Good Food Foundation Mercantile in Portland, OR.
100% of the participants reported being “highly satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the program and would recommend it to others. All the participants felt as if their needs and goals were met as a result of participating in this program.
Where Farm2Food is Going
The NASDA Foundation is always interested in bringing this program to your state! The Foundation is proud to announce that we are offering this program in Nevada, California and Connecticut in 2022-23. Applications for the English-speaking program in Nevada and California are now closed. Applications for the Spanish-speaking program are now open until Oct. 21st, 2022. Applications for the Connecticut program will open in 2023.
I learned so much about other products in the market that are similar to mine and received invaluable feedback from the instructors.
“Having knowledgeable consultants to answer my questions, keeping me on the right track, has been instrumental to me and my product. I also have made many new friends that encourage me to carry on, even when it seems like I hit a wall. This program is such a benefit, and I consider myself blessed to be a part of it.”
Want to get Involved?
If you are interested in sponsoring the Farm2Food Accelerator program? Please contact Maria Martinez.