By partnering with NorthwestTAAC, Hillcrest began to regain control of its competitive edge and, in essence, its own destiny. Funds provided by the EDA and NorthwestTAAC gave Hillcrest the ability to add value to its pears, develop a brand, and open direct sales opportunities. Hillcrest now has a gift box program served by a new website, which allows customers to purchase pears directly. In addition, the gift box program and website have encouraged alliances with other regional artisan food producers to offer customers more choices and promote local agriculture and artisan foods. Funding has also allowed Hillcrest to research and develop several value added products that utilize less desirable pears, which further enhances the financial viability of the orchard. Working with NorthwestTAAC has proved to be a successful endeavor and has encouraged optimism and growth within our organization.
Spencer Davenport Cogswell LP dba Hillcrest Orchard Medford, OR January 27, 2018