The national produce distributor, Pro*Act, recently launched a new grant program (“Cultivating Change”) for local farmers through its Greener Fields Together initiative.
Farmers may apply for Cultivating Change grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. Grants may be used to cover farmers’ expenses in four key areas:
Obtaining Certifications: Organic, Non-GMO, Biodynamic, Fair Trade, Food Safety
Strengthening Infrastructure: Reusable Plastic Containers(RPCs), Delivery Vans, Refrigerated Trucks, Equipment
Building Capacity: Food Safety/GAP Improvements, Continuing Education
Marketing / Communications: Upgrade Labels/Cartons, Marketing Materials, Website/Social Media Support
Applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 31, 2015. Visit Cultivating Change’s webpage for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.