Ep 146. Stacey Bowles on Connecting Farmers to Consumers Across North America

Today on the show we’re joined by Stacey Bowles, born and raised farmer and Founder of Smart Locavore, a classified free-to-use website for people to find local food directly from farmers & growers. Stacey has a thorough understanding of the benefits of sourcing and growing local food. She grew up on her parents’ beef cattle farm in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Smart Locavore was created for large producers and the small gardeners alike. Maybe you only have a little extra and can only post this week, or you are a larger producer with an abundant and constant supply. Find out how to bring your goods to the digital landscape efficiently and cost effectively in today’s episode!

In This Episode:

How Stacey got into the farm business 0:52

Why Stacey created Smart Locavore 1:40

How Smart Locavore approaches marketing/promotion 2:52

How Smart Locavore differs from other similar services 4:35

Other types of products that may soon come to the website 8:40

Next steps for Smart Locavore 10:45

About the most popular products currently on Smart Locavore 13:51

About the most active regions currently on Smart Locavore 15:06

About the Guest:

Smart Locavore is a classifieds website that connects people directly with farmers & growers for local food in their area! It’s a free platform that gives farmers more visibility and more direct sales in their pocket.

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Resources and mentions

Website – https://www.smartlocavore.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SmartLocavore

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/smartlocavore/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-bowles-0235571ba/

And if you want to keep the conversation going, join us in our Facebook Group to connect with us and other farmers looking to grow their business!

We also have six free eguides to help you be more effective on your farm (Winter Growing, Pastured Poultry, Washing Shed Efficiency, Profitable Farmers Toolkit, What to Look for in a Farm Property, etc), which you can download here.