“They converted IBM’s dishwasher into a semi-automated vegetable washer,” – Adam Bosch for the Times Herald-Record in 2010
A pretty innovative concept, The Farm Bridge, seemingly birthed out of need and a passion for food. The article reports that “In 2012, over two million pounds of food were processed through the facility on their way to retail locations all over the tri-state area and beyond.” It continues to outline plenty of interesting aspects to the company’s mission, including it’s B-corp certification (what is essentially the Fair Trade of good business practices) to its work with local farmers and farms in the area.
As Hyland mentioned to us on the tour – New York State was crucial to the support of the project – and now that it’s off the ground, it’s interesting to have heard him talk about the local food impact that he is encountering. That there is no local food or not that much is being processed is interesting. As a business model, Farm Bridge essentially channels the food market that exists around it. Yes, he said, he’ll bring the local with him in his endeavors, but he would not be in business if he were only focused on local.
Why did the demand decrease? Where are the farmers that his initial success was built on? In 2012, with two million pounds of food, how much of that was local? Are people not demanding local? Is the local supply inconsistent? What is going on with our food??
The article, posted in Country Wisdom News, reports on Jim Hyland’s success with Farm Bridge in 2016.