by Max Yellstrom, Professional Golf Management major
OH-IO! Shagbark Seed & Mill, based out of Athens, OH is the latest organic and GMO-free regional distribution company. Unlike corporate companies, they have a mission to build a “field-to-table value chain.” What does this mean us? This ensures fair farm and workers wages combined with economically priced nutritional beans, flour, grains, pasta and chips. Therefore, they pay their employees appropriate wages without abusing labor practices, like so many large businesses do since farm work is not covered by common labor protection laws. Their aim is to make nutritious and locally grown products available to neighborhood and community schools, farmers markets, and restaurants while overseeing the entire process- from the field to the table. With Ohio traditionally known for it’s industrial, agricultural, and close-knit community, Shagbark Seed & Mill’s values and goals mirror everything that the residents represent.
I first encountered Shagbark Seed & Mill Co., when the co-founders made an appearance at Kroger in Columbus. They not only gave out free samples, but they also explained their mission statement as listed above. Even though slightly pricier than the bargain products, the personable and genuine encounter made me think twice about my purchase.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.