What Goes Around is Coming Around!

Oh, the irony! And the fun! In January I shared information about a micro grant program created by Slow Food Utah. I loved the descriptions of the types of projects they were looking to fund – those that would fill a void in the local food landscape, such as:

  • Travel costs to apprentice with an expert in a food specialty (cheesemaking, heirloom fruit growing, CSA operations, etc.)
  • Purchase of seeds or equipment related to producing a new crop or breed of livestock or a food important to the cultural traditions of native or immigrant communities.
  • Sustainable projects at a farm such as transition to certified naturally grown, organic, or biodynamic.
  • Development of an urban garden as a community development or educational program.

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When the Frost Hands you Lemons

Our winter has been unseasonably cold. In the beginning, DH hustled out each evening with drop cloth to protect our beautiful plants from the frost and now, we’ve thrown in the drop cloth so to speak. We’re patiently waiting for spring warmth to see what might emerge and recover from our brown and crispy landscape. At the same time, across town I did find a group however that was quite productive when they heard the frost was near.

Using Local Ag to Build Community and Microenterprise!

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Microgrants in the Utah Food Space

Once each year at the end of January, an amazing economic development activity erupts in Utah. Founded by actor, Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival is an incredible combination of art and tourism.  I’ve been coming here for at least nine years to indulge in the creativity of independent screenwriters, actors, directors and producers.  So far this year, I’ve seen a handful of good films, a couple that didn’t meet my expectations and my next day is planned with a few more.

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