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Belgrade food company to be featured in online documentary

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Root Cellar Foods in Belgrade (MTN News photo) Root Cellar Foods in Belgrade (MTN News photo)
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Christina Angell started Root Cellar Foods a year ago, which is basically a very large processing facility for local vegetables.

"Farmers bring in their produce and then we either wash it, we dice it, we kind of do anything our customers want," said Angell.

She said the process saves time for local ag producers and customers. 

Root Cellar Foods has two major customers in the Community Food Co-op in Bozeman and Montana State University. Angell said keeping the business going is a lot of work which leaves her little or no time to grow it.  

Growing businesses is where the organization 'MBAs across America' comes in.  It's a group of business students who travel across the country helping entrepreneurs.   

"We developed a theme early on and we found that all of us were really interested in either food access or where our food comes from," said Ohio State University business school student Tally Wolff.

The students have been at Root Cellar Foods since Monday and quickly realized what Angell needs is more time.  "We're building an online tool that farmers can easily input what they have so they dump it into the portal that Christina has access to," said Wolff.

They're also looking at ways to find new customers by making products like salsa or pesto. "Honestly, it's nice to have the help," said Angell. "I'm the manager, the operations manager, the HR, everything."

The project is being filmed as part of a documentary.  "So, AOL.com is doing a new miniseries where they follow around small business owners and they look at the role small businesses have in revitalizing the economy today," explained Yale School of Management student Nilofer Ashmed.

For the students and Angell, having the video cameras around is cool and the experience will hopefully have a lasting affect on all of them.  

"Coming from business school we only read about Fortune 500 cases and tha';s all we talk about. We don't really see or hear about what it actually means to start a business and how that impacts a community, " said Wolff.

"It's made me more excited about this business,"  said Angell.

 When it's completed, the documentary will be available at AOL.com

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