Cultivating Change Grant Winners Announced

Cultivating Change is a local farm grant program created by Greener Fields Together™ as a way to give back to the local farmers who play a crucial role in PRO*ACT’s fresh produce supply chain. Funded by donations from PRO*ACT’s distributor network, Cultivating Change is committed to supporting local farms to improve their ability to grow, market, and distribute safe and sustainable produce. 

 

Max Yeater, PRO*ACT President and CEO, comments, “We are proud to give back to farms that make such a large contribution to their local community. The Cultivating Change grants give these local farmers an opportunity to fund projects that will allow them to invest in their current and future operations. Through these improvements they are paving a way for the next generation of farmers.” 

 

In the program’s second year, 16 local farms across the nation were selected to receive grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 for a total of $90,000. Winners were decided both by a popular vote and a panel of industry professionals including Rick Bayless, Dana Cowin, José Andrés and other engaged stakeholders.

 

The winners are as follows: 

 

Farm Name

Application Title

Amount Awarded

Bella Verdi Farms

Rainwater Collection System Expansion

10,000

Fable: From Farm to Table

Cold Storage and Packing Rooms

10,000

R. Potano Produce

Greenhouse/Hydroponic System

10,000

Working Landscapes

Bringing  Chopped Greens from Farm to School

10,000

Daniels Produce

USDA Kitchen for Processed Local Foods

5,000

MicroFarms

Expansion Project

5,000

Barberry Hill Farms

Walk-In Refrigerator Installation

5,000

J&C Farms & Groves

Large Seed Bank Project

5,000

Jaemor Farms

Homegrown Produce Box

5,000

Poche Family Farm

Sustainable Produce Containers

5,000

Cul2vate

Greenhouse Installation

5,000

Dawson's Orchards

Transition to Plastic Bins

3,000

Fullei Fresh

Cleanliness Verification

3,000

M&M Farms

Tractor Upgrade

3,000

Coveyou Scenic Farm

Organic Produce Geothermal Walk in Cooler/Greens Processing

3,000

Swain Farms

Reefer Truck Purchase

3,000

 

Cultivating Change will continue to fund grants on an annual basis to qualified growers. Applications for the next round of awards will be accepted between September 1 and October 31, 2017. Complete application guidelines, as well as profiles of all 2016 grant winners are available online at GreenerFieldsTogether.org.

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