Seal the Seasons LLC

Eat local all year round!

Seal the Seasons sources, processes, & distributes local frozen produce to increase healthy food access and booster local food sovereignty.

Use Case

Seal the Seasons has three distinct users desiring our local year round product. First retail customers are looking for a more nutritious, flavorful, and locally produced product that supports their community. Institutional Customers currently using national food vendors are being pushed by stakeholders to buy a higher percentage local and sustainable. Current seasonality of produce and a disconnect between local farmers and national vendors makes these goals extremely difficult to accomplish at scale. Finally, food insecure individuals are looking for inexpensive products to feed their families. They currently rely on high calorie, low nutrient food, but our concept creates cheap high nutrient food access close to their homes, eliminating major barriers of cost and transportation.

Potential

Seal the Seasons focuses on localized production to generate stable year round supply. We work with farmers to flash freeze their produce at the peak of nutrition and ripeness, then distribute the healthy local bounty year round to a variety of markets. This emphasis on independence and localized food sovereignty brings communities control over their food systems. The focus on nutrition and health for all changes the status quo on supplying our poorest with our worst, empty calorie food. Our use of Grade B increases overall supply. Our concept invigorates the community by emphasizing the value of local farmers in the solution to food insecurity. Importantly, new low cost freezing systems for the developing world will make our solution scalable anywhere wishing to develop food independence.

Business Case

Seal the Seasons is a for-profit business model focused on self-sustainability that can drive long term scalable impact. Our concept sells our local frozen produce year round to local retail markets and institutional customers, generating revenue to support our social impact mission. A portion of profits are then utilized to increase healthy food access in the same local community by selling reduced price products in food deserts, allowing direct access without transportation. Our concept is for-profit because the whole community, including large institutions, will be able to strengthen their food independence and contribute to decreasing local food insecurity by just changing the frozen brand they buy. We also require no outside grant funding or fundraising once launched and sustainable.

Objectives:

  1. Local community food independence through a stable year round local frozen product, use of grade B, and integrating local farms.
  2. Healthy food access in low income food deserts through utilizing traditional market profits and partnerships with community organizations.
  3. A scalable concept that can be introduced in communities with agricultural production optimal for preservation through low cost freezing.

Team Seal the Seasons

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Hunger / Obesity
  • North America

Our Team

  • Patrick Mateer U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/ Watson U, United States
  • William Chapman UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, United States

Our Mission

Seal the Seasons is a local frozen food company working to bolster rural economies and improve the health of families who live and work within them. By adding value to local agricultural products, our innovative approach helps family farms become more sustainable by introducing their goods into large-scale supply chains.

Our Background

Patrick Mateer is a senior undergraduate pursuing a double major in math and economics. For the past three years, Patrick has been involved with the local non-profit organization Farmer Foodshare, where he coordinates community-based research efforts to address food insecurity. Patrick’s networking abilities and marketing skills have been critical to our team’s success. He is currently taking a semester away from UNC to work on Seal the Seasons full-time at Watson University, a business accelerator in Boulder, CO. William Chapman, a graduate student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is training to become a Registered Dietician while obtaining his Masters of Public Health in Nutrition. An expert in nutritional biochemistry, William’s role focuses on the nutritional benefits provided by the flash-freezing process and its application to our product development. He also leads the team’s financial forecasts and capital growth plans. A 2005 Carolina Champion for Children, William has been working on food security issues for more than a decade. After completing his graduate degree, William plans to attend medical school, where he will devote his attentions towards developing innovative models of healthcare delivery, increasing the impact of rural public health efforts, and eliminating health inequities.

Our Team

  • Patrick Mateer U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/ Watson U, United States
  • William Chapman UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, United States

Our Mission

Seal the Seasons is a local frozen food company working to bolster rural economies and improve the health of families who live and work within them. By adding ...Read More

Our Background

Patrick Mateer is a senior undergraduate pursuing a double major in math and economics. For the past three years, Patrick has been involved with the local non-profit organization ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.