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each week helping them to organize and
manage their life. That includes regularly
taking medication but also assisting them
with basic life skills such as budgeting and
time management. That support helps the
client to build and keep a routine, which can
in turn keep them in a job, off the street and
out of the hospital.

Patchwork Farm

ORIGOCONNECT
Distracted driving is a problem, not
just for commuters on Interstate 81, but
for companies who routinely rely on noncommercial drivers to push their business.
"The crash statistics are just too high," says
ORIGOConnect President Clay Skelton,
"and the problem is not going away. People
are distracted by their phones, their tablets,
whatever they have in their vehicle. It's
becoming more and more pervasive. It's leading
to lots of crashes and deaths in Virginia."
That's where ORIGOConnect comes in.
The 11-employee business makes a product
that gives supervisors the ability to monitor
what wireless devices are in a vehicle. If
authorized devices are detected, fine, but
if not, the driver's supervisor receives a text
message reporting the rogue device. The

company also makes an application that can
be downloaded to a phone which prevents it
from being used while the vehicle is in motion.
Skelton says the company's customer base
is not businesses that employ people whose
job is to drive, but those who must drive to
deliver a service. Think sales reps, plumbers,
electricians, delivery people and landscaping
workers. ORIGOConnect's portfolio already
includes a number of Fortune 100 companies,
and with more states moving to ban the use
of smartphones while driving, that number
is likely to increase even more in the future.

PATCHWORK
FARM
COPPER HILL

ORIGOConnect
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MAY/JUNE 2018

Farming is one of humanity's oldest jobs,
yet it continues to evolve. Since owners
Bryan and Amy Willoughby broke ground
just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2009,
Patchwork Farm has produced a wide variety
of biologically grown produce and become a
staple of the Grandin Farmers Market. After
nearly a decade of steadily tweaking their
business model, the Willoughbys are making
a big shift in 2018, stepping away from the

farmers market to focus more on supplying
customers directly from their farm, as well
as selling to restaurants and to wholesalers.
That change was made possible by
five high tunnels-low tech, passive solar
structures with a double layer of plastic
wrapped around a steel frame. There's no
supplemental light or heat, but the system
allows farmers to stretch their growing
season, and paired with rotating seasonal
crops, it 's allowed Patchwork to grow
vegetables year-round. The Willoughbys built
a barn with a refrigerator room that allows
their customers to order and pick up produce
directly from the farm. They supplement their
variety of seasonal vegetables with an array of
other locally-produced products from other
vendors, including kombucha and honey.
"Floyd is known for its grassroots
community of cottage businesses," says Amy
Willoughby. "We felt like, if we had an outlet
to support those other businesses, it could be
a natural fit. If the same people were trying
to get those foods somewhere else, it could
make it easier to have them all under one
roof."
Besides its on-site and wholesale
operations, Patchwork also supplies a number
of Roanoke Valley restaurants, including
Local Roots, Lucky Restaurant, Fortunato
and Bent Mountain Bistro.
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