Cultivating Change is a local farm grant program created by Greener Fields Together as a way to give back to the local farmers who play a crucial role in PRO*ACT’s fresh produce supply chain. Funded by donations from PRO*ACT’s distributor network, Cultivating Change is committed to supporting local farms to improve their ability to grow, market, and distribute safe and sustainable produce. 

Max Yeater, PRO*ACT president and CEO, says, “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.”

In the program’s second year, 16 local farms across the nation were selected to receive grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 for a total of $90,000. Winners were decided both by a popular vote and a panel of industry professionals including Rick Bayless, Dana Cowin, José Andrés, and other engaged stakeholders. The winners are as follows:

Bella Verdi Farms—Rainwater Collection System Expansion—$10,000

Fable: From Farm to Table—Cold Storage and Packing Rooms—$10,000

R. Potano Produce—Greenhouse/Hydroponic System—$10,000

Working Landscapes—Bringing Chopped Greens from Farm to School—$10,000

Daniels Produce—USDA Kitchen for Processed Local Food—$5,000

MicroFarms—Expansion Project—$5,000

Barberry Hill Farms—Walk-In Refrigerator Installation—$5,000

J&C Farms & Groves—Large Seed Bank Project—$5,000

Jaemor Farms—Homegrown Produce Box—$5,000

Poche Family Farm—Sustainable Produce Containers—$5,000

Cul2vate—Greenhouse Installation—$5,000

Dawson’s Orchards—Transition to Plastic Bins—$3,000

Fullei Fresh—Cleanliness Verification—$3,000

M&M Farms—Tractor Upgrade—$3,000

Coveyou Scenic Farm—Organic Produce Geothermal Walk in Cooler/Greens Processing – $3,000

Swain Farms—Reefer Truck Purchase – $3,000

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