Hi William. I work as staff in the OSU College of Business at the moment, but did the Master Gardener program in 2007, grow much of my own produce/fruit on my .25 acre Corvallis home lot. I've been cursorily involved with Ten Rivers Food Web & the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. I'm also currently taking the Food Biz Bootcamp class and am interested in possibly starting a small grain milling business and/or moving to a small farm to grow the grain and then mill it! There are so many options that I'm having a hard time settling on what to do to become more of a contributor to the local food movement. I just know that I would ultimately like to move into full time work that supports local food. FYI - another participant in the Food Biz Bootcamp mentioned Slow Money, so I'm glad to see there's some more local interest!
Gwen thanks for signing up for this group. Jason Bradford is fairly new to the area and if you go to the Slow Money Alliance you can scroll down and read a little of his information. He is a partner in Farmland, Lp and he and the general partner are motivated to assist the valley into moving to more organic farming and local food production. I am the Marketing Manager at the Business Enterprise Center, Inc. As a retired Marine, food security is very important to me and my family and I believe in the buy local, grow local method of protecting the quality of our food sources. Again, great to see someone sign up already.
WIN is focused on helping the small and mid-sized traded sector companies grow and be profitable.
We will work with other groups to help the business ecosystem. These groups include Willamette Angel Conference, OSU Venture Accelerator, City of Corvallis Economic Development, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Technology Association of Oregon along with others.