A few days ago we learned that our farm is a finalist for a grant from Bon Appetit’s Fork to Farm program. We’re one of 5 finalists in the Southeast region (MD, VA, NC, SC, GA and FL). Two of the finalists will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to fund specific projects for Farm to Fork vendors, designed to grow their businesses. In our case the project is to build a greenhouse to enable us to start more of our own seedlings in the spring.
Cherie decided to put our name into the Bon Appetit hat. She wrote the application and was very happy when we were selected as finalists.
The winners will be selected by Bon Appetit cafe guests on September 23, which the company has designated as Eat Local Challenge Day.
Bon Appetit operates over 500 cafes at universities, museums, corporations and other specialty venues around the country. Their cafes include the ones at Averett University in Danville (our hometown), at nearby Duke University, and at Cherie’s alma mater Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
A link to their website announcement of the finalists is HERE.
Sometime between now and September 23 I’ll try to post a list of the cafes in our region where voting will be occurring. You’re forewarned–I’ll be soliciting votes. 🙂