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This purpose of this grant is to provide funding to support creation of an aggregation and processing program at the Agricultural Aggregation Center located at the former Amos & Smith Hosiery Mill in Pilot Mountain. Surry County has conducted a study and identified a demand for locally grown produce in institutional and commercial markets, including hospitals, schools, and restaurants. This project will: 1) create a facility where farmers can wash, grade, and pack local foods; 2) establish a nonprofit marketing intermediary (Pilot Mountain Pride) to aggregate produce for sale and distribution; 3) promote consumption of local foods; and 4) provide farmers education opportunities in subjects ranging from GAP certification to accessing markets. During the first year of operations, the Center expects to serve twenty farms and to achieve a sales volume of approximately $100,000.