PAD Project

PAD Project

Greenbrier Valley PAD Producer Meeting

26 September 2013


Agenda Item

6:00 – 6:30 Registration, Networking, Refreshments  
6:30 –  6:45 Welcome, Agenda Overview, Introductions

  • Welcome from Steve Weir, Greenbrier Valley EDC
  • Review meeting objectives & agenda
  • Introductions


6:45 – 7:10 PAD Center: Why, What, Where (Quincy Gray McMichael Lewis, Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative)

  • Why a PAD center?
  • What has been done to-date?
  • Where are we headed?


7:10 – 8:20 PAD Center: Feasibility Study Overview & Visioning

  • Feasibility study: what is it, what will be done & how long will it take?
    • Thomas Shepstone, Shepstone Management Company
  • Small Group Discussion
    • If the PAD center is to be useful, we must avoid the following things…
    • In order for the PAD Center to be useful, it must include the following things…
      • What Equipment is needed?
      • What Infrastructure is needed?
      • What Services are needed?
  • Large Group discussion around the answers to the above questions


8:20 – 8:30 Clarify Next Steps

  • How can folks stay involved
  • Define what will happen next


8:30 – 9:00 Networking & Refreshments  

Meeting Objectives

  • Clarify what has been done to-date regarding the development of a Processing, Aggregation, and Distribution center (PAD)
  • Define next steps and plans for testing the feasibility of building a PAD center
  • Develop a collective vision for what growers want (and do not want) from a PAD center
  • Clarify how growers can stay involved in the process