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Hey guys! It been a month…yikes!! ~we have been very busy here at NextGen Farms and we are a very small team. I have loads of information to share but I’m going to fast forward to this post…..

It’s official we now have our product in the market and we couldn’t have come in at a better time. We came in when there was a scarcity of our product…so we were able to build up a client base faster than we expected….yay!!! We have learnt so many lessons along the way which I hope to share but right now let me introduce you to Oyato tomatoes. My Yoruba folks know what Oyato means for the rest of us it means different. The name came about in a very interesting manner….my cousin came round while I was packing my tomatoes for my customers and she is like Kofo awon tomatoes yi yato o (means this tomatoes are different o). She then asked what I’m branding it as and I was like Eva tomatoes and she is like why?….abeg call it Oyato….I’m like…hmmmm….loads of my family members were around so we took a poll and everyone seemed to like the name and there we go…the birth of Oyato tomatoes :-).

So we went live on the 19th of June and it hasn’t been easy but it has been a lot of fun….harvested tomatoesThis was our first few harvest. It should have been more but we had a number of challenges getting to this point…but I’m thankful.

harvest picYes o! I’m the chief harvester, for now I do all the harvesting. To be honest there are only 2 of us that work in the green houses, so he is busy doing what he needs to do and I do the harvesting and other things I need to do.

Office set upThis is what my office looks like on the farm. We harvest every week but not everyday. Days I don’t harvest I crunch the numbers…

weighingWe always weigh our produce both the good and the bad. We have a big scale, medium scale and a small scale…. haha

customer pic 1Meet some of my glorious customers and business partners. They were the first set of customers. Yayy them!! Peep the somehow branding. Ok so the truth is that when we started harvesting I wasn’t ready to go to market, we didn’t have our packaging ready…but we handled it within the first 3 days but we were still selling o…. :-). I can’t come and carry last….

customer 2More glorious customers ๐Ÿ™‚ See how happy Oyato tomatoes is making them!

customer 3Smiles that inspire and when your clients gradually become your friends!

packaging 2This is how we package and deliver to our clients.

packagingTomatoesย all packed, branded and good to go!

tomato imagesMore tomatoes! Peep that green large one…I found so many interesting shaped tomatoes…

tomato picTomatoes on the vine…look at the colors and the star-shaped tomatoes

The journey to this point has been very humbling. I think I’m a lot more patient, kind and tolerant. I’ve learnt that mistakes are inevitable and there is always a lesson so be learnt…so I need to get over it as quickly as possible and keep doing what I need to do.

Thank you so much for stopping by and please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions! Heart you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 thoughts on “From Project to Business

  1. how are you my sister? quite a while and hope all is well. wishing you the best. what about the proceeds of the tomato ? i mean my share> all the best sis>

  2. Very interesting blog. I can feel your passion from your writing. Wish you greater levels of success and more horizons to climb!!!!

  3. Hi, I just cooked with your tomatoes and peppers, my sis brought them home last night. I totally love your them, they are fresh, nice and crunchy. I would love to cook more with them and show on my blog theshapecube.com Keep up the good work, may God continue to see you through. Amen.

    • Hi Cheliz. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really glad to hear that. Please feel free to call me and place an order or do some sort of collaboration. Let me know what you think. Heading over to your blog…๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Hi Kofo! This looks super interesting, thanks for sharing. I work for a Nigerian based Agri-business fund, and I want to learn more about the nuances of managing a greenhouse farm, you seem like the right person to talk to! What’s a good way to contact you? Thanks. Dami Olagunju

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