As A District
Click here or go to www.harvestillinois.org/aggrega8 to sign up for the free platform. Before you join the Aggreg8 platform, please be sure to register for Illinois Harvest of the Month at www.harvestillinois.org. Once your application is received, we will let you know if your distributor has joined the program. If they have, you can receive your local items with your regularly scheduled delivery. However, districts whose distributors do not already use Aggreg8 can still connect with and buy from local growers using the platform.
Food service buyers place weekly orders for the following month from an online dashboard. The deadline is the 20th for the following month’s orders, but you are able to save your work and submit anytime before the deadline.
As A Distributor
Click here or www.harvestillinois.org/aggrega8 to sign up. As a Distributor you can process orders from your school customers for local product. Orders are collected monthly in advance, so you will receive all orders 2-4 weeks in advance. Products are delivered 1-2x weekly, just prior to your scheduled delivery days for each school district.
The beauty of the Aggrega8 program is that the program is turnkey, and all products you receive are pre-sold and arrive as a cross-dock. You also can manage the entire system from your online dashboard. You are welcome to use our sources, or substitute or add your own.
Click here to schedule a demo and discuss pricing structure.
As A Farm
Farmers or food hubs can sign up for free to sell into the program here or at www.harvestillinois.org/aggrega8. Farms must be Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified to sell through distributors, but farms without GAP can still directly connect with school districts through the platform.
When you join the Aggreg8 platform, you will be asked about what you grow, minimum and maximum volumes per sale, and logistics options. This helps us find a best fit for your products. Uploading photos and/or a short video on your farm is also required so students can meet those that grow their food!