So IGI started as an idea that came to light around my friend Ali Berlow’s dining room table. She was a mom at the time and was just interested in seeing what the food community here could do to support our local farmers more. So she brought together grocers and feed store owners and farmers and home cooks. And they sat around her table and thought, well what could we do to be of help?
And their first step was making a farm map, an island farm map of where people could source local food and which farms were on the island, and what they each had to offer. And then they made the map and they were like, okay are we done? And that's when I moved to the island. And so I got involved with Island Grown at that time in 2006. We moved on to having a farmer's dinner and asked the farmers what they would want to see have to happen to support their own livelihoods and their family's land.
One of the needs the farmers identified was a mobile processing solution for animals. So we created a local poultry processing trailer that went around to people's farms and also backyards and helped them process chickens, so we could have more locally produced poultry.