Portland, ME: Farms within a 100-mile radius of Portland are eligible for free services and technical assistance, thanks to the $500,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Grant Scaling for Growth in the Portland Food Shed. The grant will help place 2.5 million pounds of locally grown food into the mainstream food system, with a focus on wholesale, retail, light-processing and value added markets.
The Fast Track Program for farms will provide free services including: market development, technical assistance, place-based resource management, surplus management, efficiency analysis and process, cost reduction strategies, as well as marketing and branding assistance. CYON Business Solutions will oversee the program and will coordinate with other partners of the Scaling for Growth Initiative, including WholeCrops and The Farm Stand of South Portland.
“This grant is specifically looking at data around how vertical integration of the supply chain will reduce barriers to growth for small to mid-scale farmers and significantly increase the amount of local food that flows into the mainstream food system,” said Jamien Richardson of CYON. “As part of the grant, we will provide free business and operational services to help farms expand markets, simplify business operations, reduce cost, and manage surplus.”
The Scaling for Growth Foodshed Project will integrate feedback loops that build more connectivity for the local food supply chain.
The partners include:
- Greater Portland Council of Governments
- Portland Region Food Foundry
- Cultivating the New Economy
- CYON Business Solutions
- Fork Food Lab
- Portland Food Coop
- Rosemont Market & Bakery
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- The Farm Stand
To find out more about the Fast Track Program for Farms, go to: http://www.cyonsolutions.com/scaling-for-growth or contact Jamien Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianna Fletcher, GPCOG Communications and Engagement Manager
About the Portland Region Food Foundry: Founded by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), the Food Foundry is an alliance of innovative food industry entrepreneurs, investors, workers, and policymakers. The Food Foundry convenes industry leaders to initiate, develop, and expand the food production eco-system that has helped earn the Greater Portland region its national standing as one of the country’s premier “foodie” destinations. Find out more at www.portlandregionfoodfoundry.org