For thirty years The Big Carrot has been searching for Nature’s Finest to provide our shoppers with delicious, nourishing and sustainable food. In celebration of this commitment to sustainable food production we are launching the Nature’s Finest Fund. This will become an annual grant program to expand the availability of locally produced food and to support and strengthen the working relationships between local family farms and The Big Carrot.
As founding members of Carrot Cache (a small foundation that funds local organic food initiatives), we have seen the transformative power of investing in our regional food economy. Inspired by this success, we want to provide a similar opportunity for our own producers. This year, The Big Carrot is committing $25,000 for grants to eligible Ontario Producers. This inaugural Nature’s Finest Fund will focus on Fresh Offerings. Priority will be given to applicants who focus on fresh commodities such as: extended season produce, specialty grains and pulse, artisanal cheeses, and pastured livestock.
David Cohlmeyer has been actively involved with most aspects of local Organic foods for many years. This includes being Manager of Toronto’s first (1970’s) local foods restaurant, Alternative Local Foods Columnist for The Globe and Mail, Consultant for Natural Food distributors and retailers (including the early Big Carrot), and founder of Cookstown Greens market garden. He has spoken about the business of farming at many Organic Food Conferences throughout North America. David now uses all these experiences for enabling Organic farmers to create the systems for more profitable decision-making. For additional information please visit www.davidcohlmeyer.ca.
Nature’s Finest Fund is a grant.
The 2014 Nature’s Finest Fund is $ 25,000. This amount is based on a percentage of our annual Collective Capitol Donations for grants to eligible Ontario Producers.
The grant will remain responsive to the projects submitted so as to be most impactful. Flexibility to award the grant to one or more applicants exists.
Exclusivity is not a term of the Nature’s Finest Fund.
There is no fee for applying. In fact, The Big Carrot will provide some application support from our experienced consultant, David Cohlmeyer. See David’s bio above.
All Ontario producers who are growing in line with our values and Quality Standards are eligible to apply for the Nature’s Finest Fund. Please see the detailed Criteria for Application.
Priority will be given to those applications from suppliers who share our values of an organic and non-GMO food system. If your product is making an Organic claim, then we do require you to be certified organic.
The Big Carrot is one of the founding organizations of Carrot Cache (a small foundation that funds local, organic food initiatives). We have seen first hand the transformative power of investing in our regional food economy though this work and want to afford a similar opportunity to our own producers. While Carrot Cache funds a wide range of activities and innovations, the Nature’s Finest Fund will focus on helping new and would-be producers of The Big Carrot.
Receiving a Carrot Cache grant/loan does not preclude you from the Nature’s Finest Fund.
Yes, January 6, 2014 is the deadline for Proposals. Learn more about the application procedure and timeline here.
Feel free to contact us at naturesfinestfund(at)thebigcarrot.ca
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