Tuesday, 23 June 2020 09:37

Sandhills Farm to Table receives grant

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STATESVILLE — Sandhills Farm to Table (Moore County) was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund.

The mission of this organization is to help farms remain viable so that the next generation of farmers can make a sustainable living. The organization is addressing this objective through a buyer education campaign to educate local chefs and institutions about the types of products that are grown or produced in the Sandhills region and how products can be easily ordered to fill customer requests.

Grant funds will be used to print and distribute an annual calendar to teach buyers about locally grown and seasonal produce. The calendar will highlight info on how to and why to support local farmers, plus recipes and useful information on preparation of locally featured produce. These will be distributed at community events, through local businesses, and given out by local realtors.

Last year marked the fifth year Carolina Farm Credit awarded Corporate Mission Fund grants. Nearly 150 grant applications were received for the 2019 program, and awards were granted in the last quarter. $146,000 was awarded to 25 local organizations and 12 college students.

“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit, “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.”

The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to June 30, 2020.

Project proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2020. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located within the 54 counties and geographic area where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page.