Real Organic Podcast

Dennesse Willey: When Organic Was Easy To Sell

October 17, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 138
Real Organic Podcast
Dennesse Willey: When Organic Was Easy To Sell
Show Notes

#138: Decades ago, Dennesse Willey left her career as a nurse to join her husband Tom on their organic vegetable farm in California. As the farm's sales and marketing  lead, Dennesse witnessed many changes in both retail sales and distribution in an increasingly-consolidated food system.

Dennesse Willey has run TD Willey Farms with her husband Tom in Madera, CA since the mid-1980s. She is recently retired.

https://tdwilleyfarms.com/

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