Back in June, we were able to grant funding to five organizations working to aggregate and sell locally grown produce thanks to the Babcock Foundation and the Appalachian Foodshed Project. So, how are these groups doing? We’re happy to share some the initial data from a few of these groups, and pull out some takeaways.
This project is aggregating produce from 6 farms, representing 11 acres of production and 8 employees. Through PCPOTM, these farms sold $1,525.44 in June, and $3,996.35 in July. These sales include some restaurant and some individual sales and CSA baskets. We can’t wait to see what their numbers look like for August!
Bonds Creek farm is located in Pennsboro, and they aggregate produce from 4 producers to provide bulk orders for Uncle Bunks. These farms represent 22.6 acres of land. So far, in June, sales were $128, and in July they were $195. They are turning their farm stand into a farmers market opening in August, and marketing will begin as they get close to opening their store and using their mobile unit.
Alderson Food Hub aggregates from 17 farmers in their area, representing 46.54 acres of land in production. In June, they sold $1,617.25. From June-July they operated 5 mobile market at the stops for a total of $383.00 in sales. These stops were primarily at low-income housing facilities: Alderson Manor, Rupert Senior Center, Lewisburg Manor, and GCCA Rupert.
A new organization, McDowell County Farms just incorporated in December 2014. They have 5 acres in production and employ 6 people. They sold $1,128 in June through the co-op. Well done! We’re looking forward to seeing what they do next.
If you’re interested in seeing a West Virginia food hub up close, come join us on September 9th at the Alderson Community Food Hub! Register for the afternoon tour and dinner here.