Pro*Act names Cultivating Change farm grant recipients

Pro*Act names Cultivating Change farm grant recipients

Pro*Act has chosen 14 recipients for the latest round of Cultivating Change Local Farm Grant Program, boosting their food safety, sustainability and wholesale readiness efforts.

The $75,000 in grant money went to fruit and vegetable growers across the U.S., and one in Canada, a first since the grants began in 2015. So far, more than $400,000 has been awarded to 52 farms, according to a news release.

Projects included everything from fences to keep wildlife out to improve food safety, renewable energy projects, greenhouse expansion and a pathogen testing lab.

A YouTube video highlights the latest round of grants.
"Our distributors work year-round with family farms to bring their locally-grown product to foodservice and retail customers” Brian Denton, director of marketing for Pro*Act, said in the release. “This program is a way to continue those investments, and build local farms that are so vital to their communities."

Grants for food safety-related projects are going to these growers (with Pro*Act distributors):

  • Frecon Fruit Farms, $10,000, Boyertown, Pa., (Seashore Fruit and Produce);
  • Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio, $7,000, Columbus, Ohio (Premier ProduceOne);
  • Long and Scott Farms, $4,000, Mount Dora, Fla. (Weyand); and
  • Eden Valley Growers, $2,500, Eden, N.Y. (Antonucci’s).

Grants for sustainability projects are going to:

  • East Texas Aquaponics, $10,000, Mineola, Texas (Hardie’s Fresh Foods-Dallas);
  • Willie Greens Organic Farm, $7,000, Monroe, Wash. (Charlie’s Produce);
  • EA Parker & Sons LLC, $3,500, Colonial Beach, Va. (Royal Food Service);
  • Ferme Victoire et Michel Palardy, $2,000, Sainte-Madeleine, Quebec (Hector Larivee); and
  • Hungenberg Produce, $2,000, Greeley Colo. (Freshpack Produce).

Projects to boost farmers’ wholesale readiness are:

  • Spring Valley Gardens, $10,000, West Sunbury, Pa. (Paragon);
  • Quarry Hill Orchards, $7,000), Berlin Heights, Ohio (Premier ProduceOne);
  • Blooming Junction, $4,000, Cornelius, Ore. (Pacific Coast Fruit Co.);
  • Four Elements Farm, $4,000, South Hill, Wash. (Charlie’s Produce); and
  • Triple Eaton Farms, $2,000, Mount Olive, Miss. (Capital City Produce).

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