We use technology to bring farmers, farm products & communities back together.
The vision: Multiple local, regional & statewide networks of producers, distributors, institutions & small businesses working together and deploying the technologies that best fit their markets to meet the demand for sustainable locally sourced food & farm products.
Helping communities produce, buy & sell great locally produced food & farm products.
The county is in the midst of a shift in the way informed consumers access food & farm products. Health & environmentally conscious consumers have learned the benefits of eating closer to the source, and now demand a consistent supply of fresh local food and farm products. Additionally, A growing number of people no longer accept that big box stores are the best place to get food or farm products. This has created a variety of opportunities for companies willing to fill in the gaps that industrial agriculture cant fill; FarmComm works with the companies & communities seeking to fill those gap.
After years of research into how social, financial, educational, governmental, culinary, technological & agricultural stakeholders interact to support the adoption & growth of local & farm food enterprises we have developed some deep insights into what is needed to develop a vibrant local food & farm economy. This coupled with 20+ years of experience consulting, starting, building & growing small businesses in & out of the agricultural sector position FarmComm to be a unifying voice in the establishment of multi-state networks of local food & farm product producers, suppliers, distributors, and sellers sharing similar best practices and technologies.
We encourage & expedite the growth of local food & farm economies by providing services that bridge the gap between small to midsize producers and the businesses & consumers that want & need their products. By creating partnerships all along the local value chain we can match the needs of diverse partners, that are unaware of each other, with the technologies needed to make each unique situation work. With partners throughout Texas and across the country we have come a long way in a short time but we have just scratched the surface of the changes to come. There is plenty of room for those that want to be involved in reshaping local food & farm product systems across the country; If you offer unique solutions to local food & farm product related problems lets talk, we welcome your insights and contributions.
Who We Are
Founder and Principal
As someone involved in large-scale commodity-based production agriculture. I decided to investigate other crop rotations and alternatives, and very quickly realized that Farm to Table was not only a buzz phrase associated with food traceability and conscious eating, but it has also become a viable possibility to crop selection and large-scale production agriculture. The overabundance of commodity-based products such as corn, wheat, sorghum, and cotton have producers looking elsewhere for additional sources of revenue given the growing concerns of declining global commodity prices, increased production cost and the scarcity of water for irrigation, even under the rigidity of current water conservation practices.
Those realizations placed me squarely on the path to seeking alternatives in crop selection in the production cycle, and after some exhaustive research in the study of field production to current vertical farming technologies and practices, my hope was renewed that farming under current constraints could make growing vegetables more viable in the panhandle of Texas.
After many discussions with Tracy Shea, industry people and experts in the field of study in horticulture and plants science I saw there were possibilities of revitalizing an industry 30 years removed from the Texas Panhandle. I see the opportunity with the exponential increases in yield potential and technologies in this space over the last decade, and this has become the driver that motivates, Tracy and I to push the envelope here and in other communities. There are still some challenges in this space for the long-term sustainability in production agriculture, but let's see where the science takes us.
Founder and Principal
In 2014 I was contracted to write a business plan for starting a turnkey commercial aquaponic facility in the Texas Panhandle. In the process of researching and writing that plan I learned that while there was some skepticism about the growing method there was overwhelming support from communities throughout the panhandle for new agricultural production methods that could end our dependence on vegetables from California & Mexico. That project started a series of conversations with a variety of social, financial, educational, culinary, technological and agricultural stakeholders that started us down the road to the creation of FarmComm.
As a consultant I began seeing more & more local food oriented businesses start up but struggle to grow. Believing that local preference is a natural compliment organic and other premium market drivers we began FarmComm to provide these local food businesses with the tools, technology & teaching that local food businesses and community organizations will need to succeed.
Having worked with hundreds of small businesses over the years, FarmComm represented a unique challenge to not only help one or two businesses at a time, but to assemble a catalog of tools & technology that will help hundreds of new businesses cooperatively move the needle on some of the biggest issues facing our nation; food quality, security and safety.