Slow Food Shoalhaven has awarded its 2017/2018 Shoalhaven Grows Grants to the value of $5000 to three small scale producers from across the Shoalhaven region.
Lucky recipients include Wade Everingham and Josh Hayward of Spotted Gum Farm in Wandandian who are using the funds to purchase a poly tunnel to extend their growing season and protect from pests; Tim Cooper from Wandandian who will put the money towards the purchase of a more efficient, less water-intensive irrigation system; and Martin Lee, owner of Milton Farm Shop (which has become a vital outlet for local growers and a popular place for all of Milton-Ulladulla to get their spray-free local veggies). Martin has used his Grant money towards improving capacity and display in his store.
'We're very happy to be able to reward the hard work of these local sustainable producers with some funding", Rosie Cupitt, leader of Slow Food Shoalhaven said. "Our local small scale growers and producers are of crucial importance to the creation of a better local food community and I'm proud that our fundraising activities at events like the Milton Show and Gaia Farmers Market can feed directly back to our local community through these grants".
The annual grants (awarded every year for the past 3 years), reflect Slow Food's core philosophy of good, clean and fair food.