Bringing Food From Farm To Work

Bringing Food From Farm To Work

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The idea is simple: bring locally grown and produced food from the farm to the workplace.

"One - it's really convenient, but also a lot of employers are really trying to impact their employees' health," said Donna Williams.

In 2011, Williams founded the company, Field Goods, in Athens, New York, to help promote small farms.

Now, she says the company serves a couple thousand people a week, bringing them food from about 80 farms across the state.

At Cornell Cooperative Extension's offices in Watertown, Williams spoke to a group of people from local businesses about her company.

Field Goods is partnering with NNY Food Hub to bring the farm to work idea to the north country.

Dick de Graff has a farm near Pulaski and works with Field Goods.

"Every small farm that I know of struggles with marketing, as well as production and being able to fit into markets. Because we're small, we can't usually compete price-wise with wholesale," he said.

He says Field Goods can help small farms overcome some of those obstacles.

Here's how the delivery works: say you're a business like Channel 7. Once a week, you'll get a pre-made or a la carte bag filled with anything from eggs to asparagus brought right to the office.

If all goes according to plan, Williams says Field Goods will start delivering food in the north country by the end of the month.

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