Our friends over at Texas Center for Local Foods and Elgin Local Food Center will receive funding to get their commercial kitchen off the ground. We couldn't be more excited for them - check out the press release below!
Elgin Local Food Center Receives Kick Off Funding
April 18, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ELGIN, TEXAS – The Elgin Economic Development Corporation Board voted to pledge $800,000 toward construction of the Elgin Local Food Center, known locally as the ELF. The ELF will be a local entrepreneur incubator, shared use commercial kitchen, and local food education center. This partnership with the non-profit Texas Center for Local Food, the ELF, will cost approximately $1.7M to build and will require $250,000 in operating capital. The Texas Center for Local Food will raise the additional $1.15M needed to build and operate the ELF by September, 2019.
“People in Elgin need jobs in Elgin. Over 60% of our workforce drives to Austin daily for work and the ELF will provide opportunities to start their own businesses and hire people locally”, said Molly Alexander, Elgin Economic Development Board member and downtown business owner. “We recognize economic development starts within the community, investing in local businesses and local entrepreneurship is a critical part of developing jobs and building a healthy local economy long-term.”
“The ELF is an essential component of Elgin’s economic development strategy”, added Owen Rock, Elgin Economic Development Director. “We are building a local food industry cluster focused on entrepreneurship, local jobs, food manufacturing and agriculture. Demand for local food is huge and growing; Elgin is attracting food businesses, growing our area farms, and supporting local food manufacturing. We have been known for our sausage industry for over 100 years, and it makes sense to grow and invest in building upon our success.”
Sue Beckwith, Director of the Texas Center for Local Food expects to raise the $1.15M by working with local foundations, private investors, and community leaders. Curt Nelson, a partner at Austin Foodshed Investors is eager to get started, “The ELF is pivotal in developing our regional food system by building strong businesses that are linked to strong farms to meet the huge demand for local food in Texas. Elgin is 200 miles from 18 million people and is perfectly situated to meet the growing demand for local food. We’re here to help make this happen”.
“This is a community project, driven by local people, families, and farmers”, said Sue Beckwith. “The ELF leverages Elgin’s tremendous local food and agricultural assets: ACC Elgin Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship program, Elgin ISD Farm-to-School, ATX Jerky, and family farms and ranches. Support from the USDA through their Local Food Promotion Program and Rural Business Development Program has been essential to develop the ELF and ensure that it generates breakthrough economic development and public health benefits for rural communities like Elgin”.
The Texas Center for Local Food was created in 2016 to strengthen the economic viability of Texas rural communities and family farms through local food economic development. For more information, contact Sue Beckwith sueb@TexasLocalFood.org or 512-496-1244.
The Elgin Economic Development Corporation provides economic development support for Elgin, Texas through progressive vision, solid community planning and active incentive programs. Elgin is located 20 miles east of Austin along the high-growth Highway 290 corridor with a smart, diverse, well-grounded population that understands tradition and innovation. For more information, contact Owen Rock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-229-3226.
April 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin Foodshed Investors and the Texas Center for Local Food today announced the first ever statewide event calendar for local and sustainable food events in Texas. This exciting new calendar gives Texans quick and easy access to all local, sustainable food events in the state.
The Texas Local Food Calendar is a boon to families and all Texans interested in supporting Texas sustainable and organic farms and ranches. “We expect a significant increase in attendance at farm and ranch events and that’s great for Texas family farms.”, said Sue Beckwith, Director of the Texas Center for Local Food. “Farm events, farmers markets, and local food festivals are the touch points where folks learn where their food comes from. This calendar will help people know their farmer – and know more about their food.”
The Texas Local Food Calendar helps Texas family farmers and ranchers connect with training and business resources. “We include events on business management, farming and ranching techniques, and opportunities for the public to connect with their food.”, said Curt Nelson, partner at Austin Foodshed Investors. “Our investments support sustainable agriculture businesses in Texas. This calendar ensures wide access to learning opportunities that are essential for all of us to grow our own Texas local food system.”
The calendar focuses on Texas sustainable and organic agriculture and events that support Texas family farmers and ranchers. Events that meet the criteria may be submitted by anyone and will be reviewed and posted within a few days of submission.
Austin Foodshed Investors (AFI) and Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) worked closely with the online calendar company Time.ly to develop the Texas Local Food Calendar using Time.ly’s Community Hub product. Any organization or farm may request a custom code from AFI or TCLF to add the calendar to their own website.
The Texas Local Food Calendar was funded, in part, by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development program.
Visit the calendar at:
https://www.austinfoodshedinvestors.com/texas-local-food-events.html or https://texaslocalfood.org/events/
Austin Foodshed Investors is committed to increasing the supply of good, clean, and fair food and the supply of individual impact investor opportunities by sourcing, creating and investing in local sustainable food companies. For more information, visit www.AustinFoodshedInvestors.com
The Texas Center for Local Food, based in Elgin, Texas, was created in 2016 to strengthen the economic viability of Texas rural communities and family farms through local food economic development. For more information, visit TexasLocalFood.org or contact Sue Beckwith sueb@TexasLocalFood.org or 512-496-1244.
Time.ly first launched its All-in-One Event Calendar™ service in 2012 and since then it has been installed (and is currently active) on over 160,000 websites, sharing millions of events per month in 12 languages and 150 countries.
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