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Terra Firma Terra Firma is more than a magazine, we are a new type of media company that writes stories about businesses in the agriculture and food industries.

Neither strictly a publication nor a marketing company, Terra Firma is a new type of media company that writes stories about businesses involved in production and consumption: co-ops, farms, agronomists, animal feed and nutrition companies, as well as businesses in the beverage, retail and food preparation sectors.

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Committed to the communities it serves, Superior Grocers lived up to its name by donating everything from food to laptop...
05/09/2022
Richard Wardwell – Superior Grocers - Terra Firma

Committed to the communities it serves, Superior Grocers lived up to its name by donating everything from food to laptops to people in need during the pandemic, say President Richard Wardwell.

Superior Grocers lived up to its name by donating everything from food to laptops to people in need during the pandemic.

Drawing from time-honored traditions of milk and cheese production, Kansas Dairy Ingredients CEO Tim Gomez is bringing n...
05/01/2022
Tim Gomez – Kansas Dairy Ingredients - Terra Firma

Drawing from time-honored traditions of milk and cheese production, Kansas Dairy Ingredients CEO Tim Gomez is bringing new technologies to the Heartland to help farmers diversify their businesses and build new markets for milk.

Kansas Dairy Ingredients CEO Tim Gomez is bringing new technologies to help farmers diversify their businesses.

Seemingly a spiritual descendant of those who founded Petersburg, Alaska’s major retailer 100 years ago, Jim Floyd readi...
04/25/2022
Jim Floyd – Hammer & Wikan - Terra Firma

Seemingly a spiritual descendant of those who founded Petersburg, Alaska’s major retailer 100 years ago, Jim Floyd readies Hammer & Wikan for another century of service.

A spiritual descendant of those who founded Alaska’s major retailer 100 years ago, Jim Floyd readies Hammer & Wikan for another century.

CEO Robert Chesler’s vision for the United Dairymen of Arizona is to unify the country’s dairy cooperatives, expand glob...
04/13/2022
Robert Chesler – United Dairymen of Arizona - Terra Firma

CEO Robert Chesler’s vision for the United Dairymen of Arizona is to unify the country’s dairy cooperatives, expand global markets and put money into the hands of hardworking farmers.

CEO Robert Chesler’s vision for the United Dairymen of Arizona is to unify the country’s dairy cooperatives, expand global markets.

As the founder and president of Urban Farm Fermentory, Eli Cayer is taking his Maine-made kombucha, cider and jun global...
03/21/2022
Eli Cayer – Urban Farm Fermentory - Terra Firma

As the founder and president of Urban Farm Fermentory, Eli Cayer is taking his Maine-made kombucha, cider and jun global with expanded distribution and production.

As the founder and president of Urban Farm Fermentory, Eli Cayer is taking his Maine-made products global with expanded distribution.

The Hole in One Group President, Ken Taber, says serving its homemade baked goods on Cape Cod is a family passion that’s...
03/16/2022
Ken Taber – The Hole in One Group - Terra Firma

The Hole in One Group President, Ken Taber, says serving its homemade baked goods on Cape Cod is a family passion that’s been strengthened by tech changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hole in One Group President, Ken Taber, says serving its homemade baked goods on Cape Cod is a family passion that’s been strengthened.

It’s the watering hole of choice among the tech crowd—and others. Nancy Coupal’s Coupa Café brings a taste of Latin Amer...
03/13/2022
Nancy Coupal – Coupa Café - Terra Firma

It’s the watering hole of choice among the tech crowd—and others. Nancy Coupal’s Coupa Café brings a taste of Latin America to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Nancy Coupal’s Coupa Café is the watering hole of choice, that brings a taste of Latin America to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Since taking over her parents’ business, Ole Tyme Produce Joan Daleo has grown it to 10 times the size it was two decade...
03/08/2022
Joan Daleo – Ole Tyme Produce - Terra Firma

Since taking over her parents’ business, Ole Tyme Produce Joan Daleo has grown it to 10 times the size it was two decades ago. She’s also provided opportunities for employees and community members in need.

Since taking over her parents’ business, Ole Tyme Produce, Joan Daleo has grown it to 10 times the size it was two decades ago.

As the co-owner of Amoretti, Maral Barsoumian is proud of how the ingredient company grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
03/03/2022
Maral Barsoumian – Amoretti - Terra Firma

As the co-owner of Amoretti, Maral Barsoumian is proud of how the ingredient company grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. With an increased production, she’s ready to see her products in every American kitchen.

As the co-owner of Amoretti, Maral Barsoumian is proud of how the ingredient company grew during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Lance P. Stier having joined family members on the Nassau Candy executive team, the Long Island-based company is go...
02/26/2022
Lance P. Stier – Nassau Candy - Terra Firma

With Lance P. Stier having joined family members on the Nassau Candy executive team, the Long Island-based company is going from a regional to a national presence.

With Lance P. Stier having joined Nassau Candy executive team, the Long Island-based company is going from regional to national presence.

Producing dairy entails more than milking a cow. Doug Thompson, the general manager of Dairy Farmers of PEI, ensures reg...
02/15/2022
Doug Thompson – Dairy Farmers of PEI - Terra Firma

Producing dairy entails more than milking a cow. Doug Thompson, the general manager of Dairy Farmers of PEI, ensures regulations are followed, equipment is up-to-date and milk is safe to drink.

Doug Thompson, the general manager of Dairy Farmers of PEI, ensures regulations are followed, and milk is safe to drink.

Bypassing the advertising encumbrances of Madison Avenue, NewAge CEO Brent Willis is tapping into social media to promot...
02/07/2022
Brent Willis - NewAge, Inc. - Terra Firma

Bypassing the advertising encumbrances of Madison Avenue, NewAge CEO Brent Willis is tapping into social media to promote his healthcare products directly to consumers worldwide.

Bypassing the advertising encumbrances of Madison Avenue, NewAge CEO Brent Willis is tapping into social media.

As the CEO and co-founder of Saucy Brew Works, Brent Zimmerman knows the secret ingredient for a successful brewery: wor...
02/04/2022
Brent Zimmerman – Saucy Brew Works - Terra Firma

As the CEO and co-founder of Saucy Brew Works, Brent Zimmerman knows the secret ingredient for a successful brewery: work culture. He fosters this internally while the chief brewing officer and co-founder, Eric Anderson, brews with unique yeast varietals.

As the CEO and co-founder of Saucy Brew Works, Brent Zimmerman knows the secret ingredient for a successful brewery: work culture.

Ali Joseph thinks enjoying a cocktail should be as easy as reaching into the fridge and grabbing a can. She and her husb...
02/02/2022
Ali Joseph – Cascade Spirits - Terra Firma

Ali Joseph thinks enjoying a cocktail should be as easy as reaching into the fridge and grabbing a can. She and her husband, the co-founders of Cascade Spirits, are expanding their offerings to include the increasingly popular cocktails in a can.

Ali Joseph and her husband, the co-founders of Cascade Spirits, are expanding their offerings to include the popular cocktails in a can.

Since the 1980s, Bruce and Abbie Leeson have made it their mission to educate people about the many benefits of ginger. ...
02/01/2022
Bruce and Abbie Leeson – The Ginger People - Terra Firma

Since the 1980s, Bruce and Abbie Leeson have made it their mission to educate people about the many benefits of ginger. Working with farmers on family-owned acres across the world, they’re proving healthy ginger products to global consumers of all ages.

Since the 1980s, Bruce and Abbie Leeson have made it their mission to educate people about the many benefits of ginger.

Noble Vineyard Management, led by Tyler Rodrigue and David Downey, is helping California family vineyard owners address ...
01/29/2022
Tyler Rodrigue – Noble Vineyard Management Inc. - Terra Firma

Noble Vineyard Management, led by Tyler Rodrigue and David Downey, is helping California family vineyard owners address concerns about operations, labor and housing. That, and it’s uncorking new markets for their grapes.

Noble Vineyard Management, led by Tyler Rodrigue and David Downey, is helping owners address concerns about operations, labor and housing.

From hurricanes to pandemics, Gregory Hamer has seen it all during his 40 years in the restaurant business. His advice f...
01/27/2022
Gregory Hamer – B & G Food Enterprises - Terra Firma

From hurricanes to pandemics, Gregory Hamer has seen it all during his 40 years in the restaurant business. His advice for surviving the ebbs and flows? Stay calm—and make sure you have a drive-thru.

Gregory Hamer has 40 years in the business. His advice for surviving the ebbs and flows? Stay calm - and make sure you have a drive-thru.

As CEO of Lula-Westfield LLC, Stephen Savoie is carrying a sweet family tradition forward. He’s looking for new markets ...
01/11/2022
Stephen Savoie – Lula-Westfield LLC - Terra Firma

As CEO of Lula-Westfield LLC, Stephen Savoie is carrying a sweet family tradition forward. He’s looking for new markets for its molasses and biomass while supporting the families that grow and mill sugar cane.

As CEO of Lula-Westfield LLC, Stephen Savoie is carrying a sweet family tradition forward while looking for new markets.

Keith Dougherty knows food brings people together. As the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where ...
01/06/2022
Keith Dougherty – Roland Foods - Terra Firma

Keith Dougherty knows food brings people together. As the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where the company came from, helping it reach new customers.

Keith Dougherty the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where the company came from, helping it reach new customers.

Keith Dougherty knows food brings people together. As the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where ...
01/06/2022
Keith Dougherty – Roland Foods - Terra Firma

Keith Dougherty knows food brings people together. As the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where the company came from, helping it reach new customers.

Keith Dougherty the CEO of Roland Foods, he’s using modern branding to show where the company came from, helping it reach new customers.

Whatever fruits and vegetables Nashoba Valley Winery & Spirits doesn’t produce, it sources from New England farms, says ...
12/23/2021
Justin Pelletier – Nashoba Valley Winery & Spirits - Terra Firma

Whatever fruits and vegetables Nashoba Valley Winery & Spirits doesn’t produce, it sources from New England farms, says Justin Pelletier. He emphasizes its far-reaching commitment to agriculture.

Whatever fruits and vegetables Nashoba Valley Winery & Spirits doesn’t produce, it sources from New England farms, says Justin Pelletier.

J.P. Licks President and Founder Vincent Petryk is celebrating 40 years of selling Boston’s most award-winning ice cream...
12/22/2021
Vincent Petryk – J.P. Licks - Terra Firma

J.P. Licks President and Founder Vincent Petryk is celebrating 40 years of selling Boston’s most award-winning ice cream. A key ingredient to his success? Treating people right.

J.P. Licks President and Founder Vincent Petryk is celebrating 40 years of selling Boston’s most award-winning ice cream.

Though much less a staple than beef, bison meat is gaining popularity. Jim Wells is advocating its environmental and hea...
12/20/2021
Jim Wells – North American Bison LLC - Terra Firma

Though much less a staple than beef, bison meat is gaining popularity. Jim Wells is advocating its environmental and heart-healthy attributes in his role at North American Bison, LLC.

Jim Wells is advocating its environmental and heart-healthy attributes in his role at North American Bison LLC.

Bringing his international experience in food and manufacturing to Ciranda, CEO JP Tournoy is helping source ingredients...
10/29/2021
JP Tournoy – Ciranda - Terra Firma

Bringing his international experience in food and manufacturing to Ciranda, CEO JP Tournoy is helping source ingredients from sustainable farming communities across the globe.

At Ciranda, JP Tournoy is helping source ingredients from sustainable farming communities across the globe.

A job that requires taste testing candy can’t be too stressful, right? For the most part it’s not, but Alex Allen does f...
10/28/2021
Alex Allen – Pearson’s Candy Company - Terra Firma

A job that requires taste testing candy can’t be too stressful, right? For the most part it’s not, but Alex Allen does face challenges as he modernizes Pearson’s Candy Company. The VP of operations is upgrading machinery and recipes while keeping flavors as true to the original as possible.

Alex Allen does face challenges as he modernizes Pearson’s Candy Company. He's upgrading machinery and recipes.

Tommy Lee leads Fallon Livestock, LLC with five #generations of #ranching experience and a few Facebook posts for good m...
04/08/2021
Fallon Livestock - Terra Firma

Tommy Lee leads Fallon Livestock, LLC with five #generations of #ranching experience and a few Facebook posts for good measure.

Tommy Lee leads Fallon Livestock LLC with five generations of ranching experience and a few Facebook posts for good measure.

After nearly two decades of #grain bin system #construction and service, Dacotah Grain Systems hones in on one essential...
04/05/2021
Dacotah Grain Systems - Terra Firma

After nearly two decades of #grain bin system #construction and service, Dacotah Grain Systems hones in on one essential component: grain bin jacking.

After 17 years of grain bin system construction and service, Dacotah Grain Systems hones in on one essential component: grain bin jacking.

Braswell Family Farms uses a new brand to tell the history and values driving this fourth-generation egg production comp...
03/29/2021
Braswell Family Farms - Terra Firma

Braswell Family Farms uses a new brand to tell the history and values driving this fourth-generation egg production company, says Trey Braswell.

Braswell Family Farms uses a new brand to tell the history and values driving this fourth-generation egg production company.

Each of #Wisconsin’s 1.3 million dairy #cows produces, on average, 2,739 gallons of #milk annually—and, of course, many ...
03/26/2021
Milis Flatwork - Terra Firma

Each of #Wisconsin’s 1.3 million dairy #cows produces, on average, 2,739 gallons of #milk annually—and, of course, many pounds of something else that has to be dealt with differently by companies like Milis Flatwork and Dylan Milis.

Milis Flatwork's specialties include building shallow, acres-wide concrete pools where farmers collect cattle manure for environmentally friendly disposal.

The first rule of #construction is doing what you’ve promised, and that’s a challenge always met by a R&C Welding and Fa...
03/24/2021
Kip Williams - R&C Welding Fabrication Trucking & Crane - Terra Firma

The first rule of #construction is doing what you’ve promised, and that’s a challenge always met by a R&C Welding and Fabrication, a venerable #Nebraska company that serves a wide array of heavy-industry needs, says Kip Williams.

Kip Williams, owner of R&C Welding Fabrication Trucking & Crane, knows the first rule of construction. Which is to always do what you've promised.

Heimerl Farms, a major #Ohio pork producer, reaps what it sows from the #family and spiritual values that have always be...
03/23/2021
Brad Heimerl - Heimerl Farms - Terra Firma

Heimerl Farms, a major #Ohio pork producer, reaps what it sows from the #family and spiritual values that have always been part of the operation, says Brad Heimerl.

Brad Heimerl of Heimerl Farms reaps what he sows from the family and spiritual values that have always been part of the families operation.

By buying surplus #food at a discount and selling it at a modest markup to #nonprofits, the Food Exchange, a small #Cali...
03/19/2021
The Food Exchange - Terra Firma

By buying surplus #food at a discount and selling it at a modest markup to #nonprofits, the Food Exchange, a small #California business, benefits #manufacturers and needy constituents alike thanks to co-founders Tony Salant, Maureen Richards and Michele Thurman.

By buying surplus food at a discount and selling it at a modest markup to nonprofits, The Food Exchange benefits manufacturers and needy constituents alike.

One of North America’s largest and most sophisticated #greenhouse operations, ColorPoint AgTech Scientific thrives in #K...
03/18/2021
ColorPoint - Terra Firma

One of North America’s largest and most sophisticated #greenhouse operations, ColorPoint AgTech Scientific thrives in #Kentucky’s bluegrass country as well as in rural #Illinois.

ColorPoint is one of North America’s largest and most sophisticated greenhouse operations that thrives in KY's bluegrass country as well as in rural IL.

Word of mouth sustains the reputation of Marek Ag, a Central #Texas company that builds and services bins for #farmers a...
03/17/2021
Brett Marek – Marek Ag - Terra Firma

Word of mouth sustains the reputation of Marek Ag, a Central #Texas company that builds and services bins for #farmers and #ranchers, says Brett Marek.

Brett Marek of Marek AG understands that reputation is everything, especially when it's word of mouth in the agricultural realm.

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