Slow Food is pleased to announce the continuation of its 'Shoalhaven Grows' Producers grant.
The idea behind the $5000 annual Grant is to help small scale producers achieve their goals of growing their business, and is one of many activities that Slow Food Shoalhaven undertakes to support accessible and responsible local food supply and production, and the protection of biodiversity.
The Grant prize is allocated annually responding to specific capital acquisition requests made by applications. A select panel of Slow Food Shoalhaven members reviews applications, with selection criteria reflecting Slow Food's primary philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair Food production. Last year's lucky recipients included Wade Everingham and Josh Hayward of Spotted Gum Farm in Wandandian who used the funds to purchase a poly tunnel to extend their growing season and protect from pests; Tim Cooper from Wandandian who used the money to purchase a more efficient, less water-intensive irrigation system; and Martin Lee, the 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 used his Grant money towards improving capacity and display in his store.
"Since its start 4 years ago, we have been able to give $15,000 back to our community, and there will be another $5000 Grant Pool available this year" says Rosie Cupitt, Leader of Slow Food Shoalhaven. "All that money comes from our membership donations and fundraising activities and is used to the benefit of our small scale producers that are working so hard to feed our local food community. It makes me very proud"
For more information or to apply, go to the "What we do - Producer's' page and click on the links.