specialty crops are plants commonly considered fruits and tree nuts, vegetables, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, as well as nursery, floriculture, and horticulture crops.

Sanfillipo Produce Inc.

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·      We provide increased access and availability to Ohio’s wide range of agricultural products by working directly with farmers and rural food hubs

·      We aggregate, market, and distribute high-quality, safe, 100% source-identified local foods

·     We are committed to supporting the entities involved in refining and improving the efficacy of our local food system

Kopar Honey Farm

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The main purpose of my business is to be able to supply new apiarists with quality bees, equipment, and knowledge to begin their own hives.  I believe my work can be split up into thirds: pollination, propagation, and production.   I provide pollination services to farmers in the area while at the same time building up the health and numbers of my bees to sell them.  From the bees I create many products like honey and beeswax from which I make things such as lip balm, lotion, or candles.

Oil Processing: Seed Production, Food Grade Oil, & Biofuel

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Our concept model for developing an oil seed processing to bio-fuels business will bring together participants through contract relationships, partnerships, and investment opportunities.

The oil seed processor is the centerpiece for this business model, and will

1. recruit and pay a premium price to growers who provide specific commodities that are grown using organic or best practice methods;

2. process the seed to food grade oil;

Shagbark Seed & Mill Expansion: Appalachian Heirloom Popcorn

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Shagbark Seed & Mill, a certified organic seed cleaning and flour milling facility that markets grains, dry beans, flours, chips, crackers and pasta–all grown in Ohio–proposes to expand its Heirloom Popcorn line to a bagged, ready-to-eat product, and market it as an Appalachian product, since the variety has been long grown in our region. We are seeking partners to assess the market, pioneering farmers from the Appalachian region to grow heirloom varieties of popcorn, and potentially investors into various aspects of the value chain including equipment.

Bloomtown: An Sheltered Workshop for Adults with Disabilities

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Bloomtown will provide a safe, nurturing, and productive agricultural environment for adults with disabilities, setting itself apart from other workshops in the area with its superior facilities, agricultural expertise, and its leadership in training methods and tools to equip adults with disabilities to find employment in integrated community work settings.

Camp Joseph Badger Meadows Agritourism

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Camp Joseph Badger Meadows (JBM) is a 235 acre church camp supported by 50+ churches of Eastminster Presbytery--a district of Presbyterian churches which includes churches in Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Warren, Youngstown, and Lisbon. While JBM has, at this point, no separate legal standing apart from the Presbytery, the camp's budget, operations, and programming are the responsibility of the camp committee, consisting of an approximately equal number of clergy and lay persons from the presbytery.

Locavore's Prepared Foods

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Thank you for the opportunity to share my idea with you!

As an entrepreneur and budding businessman, I'm hoping to combine my passions and strengths by starting a business that will make prepared meals (breakfasts, sack lunches, entrees and sides for dinner) that customers can take home and eat with their family (or in the case of breakfast/lunch perhaps take to work!) The large portion of each meal would be locally sourced and bent towards the healthy eater.

1000 Acres Strong

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The Mahoning County-based agricultural non-profit, Goodness Grows, proposes to lead in the development of a 1000 acre NE Ohio network of diversified specialty crop farms that would create 150 to 250 new jobs for the unemployed and underemployed (including adults with disabilities).

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