Food and Farming


A $30,000 grant to Eliada Homes for the Eliada Farms project is supporting a farm manager and purchasing supplies for two commercial growing tunnels to increase earned revenue and fresh food for Eliada's children. The project also received a $20,000 People in Need grant. Photo courtesy of Eliada Homes, Inc.

 

Mission:  Support the revitalization of a sustainable local food system in Western North Carolina while preserving our mountain farm heritage. 


Goals:

  • Increase opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs that support the sustainability and profitability of WNC farms.
  • Address food insecurity and facilitate nutrition and healthy eating for all.

Strategies: We will make grants to: (1) bolster marketing efforts for local foods including branding, post-harvest aggregation, distribution and value added facilities; (2) support new or transitioning farmers with technical assistance in production and marketing, business training and access to land; (3) increase access to fresh local foods for all, especially low income families, and (4) build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to address these goals.  


Recent Grants


  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $40,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to provide farmers and farmers markets with training and technical assistance on marketing strategies in order to increase farmer direct sales. 
  • Eliada Homes, Inc.
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $30,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to fund a Farm Manager and to purchase supplies for two commercial growing tunnels to support Eliada Farms, Eliada’s new earned revenue venture. 
  • Isothermal Planning and Development Commission
    McDowell County
    Grant Amount: $35,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to support the Community Food and Health Hub in order to lower food insecurity, increase healthy food at pantries, build a stronger and more prosperous local food system, and increase access to fresh healthy food.
  • Mainspring Conservation Trust
    Cherokee County
    Grant Amount: $25,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to assist with closing and transactional costs related to an agricultural conservation easement of a heritage farm in Cherokee County (contingent upon other funds).
  • MANNA FoodBank 
    WNC Region 
    Grant Amount: $40,000 
    Fiscal Year 2018 
    to increase access to nutritious food for families in need, and to provide local, sustainable approaches to nutrition and health focused work via “Nutrition Works,” an on-site nutrition education and clinic referral project.
  • Organic Growers School
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $20,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to support the expansion of year-round Farmer Programs and outreach into Polk County and within communities of color.
  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $45,000
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to help farmers develop personalized marketing relationships through the Building Connections: Helping Appalachian Grown Farmers Tell Their Farm Story program.  
  • Bountiful Cities
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $24,650
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to support a pilot project of the Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program in Asheville and Buncombe County, which provides a dollar for dollar match when produce is purchased with SNAP dollars.  
    • McDowell County NC Cooperative Extension
      McDowell County
      Grant Amount: $20,000
      Fiscal Year 2017
      to determine the feasibility of a Community Food and Health Hub, which would serve as a central location for MANNA FoodBank to store and distribute products to pantries throughout the county and provide a variety of services to strengthen the county’s overall food system.
    • Organic Growers School
      WNC Region
      Grant Amount: $25,000
      Fiscal Year 2017
      for programs intended to increase the number of successful beginning and expanding organic farmers in WNC through farmer-led, farmer-driven and strategically-aligned support services.  
    • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
      WNC Region
      Grant Amount: $29,500 and $16,000
      Fiscal Year 2017
      to expand the agricultural business incubator for beginning farmers and hands-on educational workshop series at the Incubator Farm in Alexander, as well as to support WNC FarmLink, a program facilitating strong relationships between farmers looking for land and landowners aspiring to keep their land in agriculture.  
    • Southwestern NC RC&D
      Seven westernmost counties of WNC
      Grant Amount: $24,000
      Fiscal Year 2017
      for farm assessments in order to maximize opportunities available at the farm level.  Actions may include community college agriculture business classes, an Appalachian Farm School, a Rural Food Business Assistance Project and intensive agriculture workshops.
    • TRACTOR
      Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Madison, Avery, Burke and Buncombe counties
      Grant Amount: $49,660
      Fiscal Year 2017
      to add a full-time sales position and part-time bookkeeping support.  These two positions will expand TRACTOR’s operational capacity to increase sales channels and actual sales.  

    • Grants Since Inception

    To learn more about our Food and Farming focus area, please contact:

    Tara Scholtz
    Senior Program Officer
    828-367-9913
    Email

    ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) was awarded $45,000 for “Building Connections: Helping Appalachian Grown Farmers Tell Their Farm Story.” Effective communications enables farmers and markets to improve their marketing strategies and reach, expand farmers’ customer bases, build meaningful connections between community members and local farms, and increase sales of local food. Stories are shared in ASAP’s Local Food Guide, through key events such as the ASAP Farm Tour, and through farmers market and farm marketing materials and media. 

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