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Can Do: How Family Farms Are Coping With COVID-19

Wustner Brothers Honey & Cordova Farms
Wustner Brothers Honey & Cordova Farms

The agriculture landscape has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Concerns about food security, health and safety measures, and product availability have continued to evolve. A dramatic shift to online purchasing has challenged the traditional standard of consumers personally selecting products.

Today on Can Do we will discuss these trends and their effects on two family-run Montana businesses.

Cordova Farms is a fourth-generation farm run by Josh and Ingrid Hill in rural Power, Montana. Working primarily with heritage breeds, they produce pork, lamb, beef, poultry and eggs under the watchful eyes of their livestock guard dogs, Louie and Otto.

Wustner Brothers Honey is a second-generation apiary with beehives in the creek drainages of the Sapphire Mountains south of Missoula, Montana. Brothers Sam and Jake produce a variety of raw honey and beeswax products that can be purchased online and in more than 100 retail locations across three states.

What challenges did last year bring to these two small family-run businesses? What changes had to be made, and what does the future look like as they adapt to the changing business demands? This and much more on today’s episode of Can Do.

Arnie Sherman's experiences as an entrepreneur, trade negotiator, strategic advisor, college professor and as the host of podcast, radio and television programs give him a singular perspective on life and the business world.
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