Pilot Mountain Pride and the Pilot Center Agricultural Aggregation Center

Organization:
Surry County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
Amount:
$84,349.85
Program Area:
Local Foods Initiative
County of Applicant:
Surry
Description:

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.

Contact:
Mr. T. Bryan Cave 118 Hamby Road Suite 146 Dobson, North Carolina 27017 (336) 401-8201
Areas Served:
Stokes, Forsyth, Yadkin, Surry

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