COLUMBUS – A local producer is receiving a $5,000 Cultivating Change grant, in order to help their efforts to serve the local community.
According to a press release, Daniels Produce will be receiving the grant to help them distribute a new product line of ready-to-eat processed produce. The grant was created by Greener Fields Together, as a way to give back to local farms and farmers who are a crucial part of the PRO*ACT distribution network, according to the press release.
The grant is being put towards a USDA certified processing kitchen that will help them to offer the new fruit and vegetable products. In the pilot year, Daniels Produce will focus on diced cantaloupe, watermelon, blanched sweet corn, diced bell peppers, and pic de gallo, and the product line will launch in the summer.
Max Yeater, PRO*ACT CEO and President, comments, “We are proud to give back to farms that make such a large contribution to their local community. The Cultivating Change grants give these local farmers an opportunity to fund projects that will allow them to invest in their current and future operations. Through these improvements they are paving a way for the next generation of farmers.”
16 farms across the nation received grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.