Cathy LeValley’s farm business tracked her own personal growth – from healthy eating, to wanting to know how food is produced, to growing it herself, to growing it for her community.
Along the way she and her husband, James, started a half-acre backyard farm that was shut down by neighbors, reinvented the business as an indoor microgreens operation, and finally bought a 7 acre hobby farm to give them the potential to increase their production as their markets grow.
Last year they launched Farm Kitchen Foods, a deli-style prepared food line providing a healthy alternative to traditional grocery store take home food to support active and healthy lifestyles. Their “Good Carb” snacks are:
° Paleo & KETO Diet Friendly
° Vegetarian & Vegan conscious
° Gluten-free – no refined sugar
Cathy is a great example of how you can use a backyard farm to launch a value-added business the SPIN-Farming way, inexpensively,low-risk, customer-driven. She’s going far beyond microgreens. Almost any food can be made into snack form. All it takes are high quality ingredients and commercial prep space. Here’s a sample of what she’s cooked up: Buffalo Bacon Cheddar Dip, Brownie Batter Dip, Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip, Cowboy Caviar, and Riced Cauliflower. Best of all, she’s doing it in a food desert, selling fresh healthy food in a place that has not had it in a while. Food choices there are changing along with the perception the community has of itself.
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