Ozark Slow Food’s Micro-Grant Program was established in 2012 to help grow the local food culture in our region by supporting local farmers and producers. These grants are funded by support from the community via OSF’s Fund Your Farmers event each summer.
Micro-grants aid farmers and producers in diversifying and enhancing the production and distribution of sustainably grown, locally-produced food in the region.
- Ames Orchard and Nursery - Guy Ames
Cistern irrigation system for Paw Paw orchard
- Summer Kitchen - Ira & Mariah White
Egg washing facility. (Arkansas rules only allow 200 eggs/week without an egg washing facility.)
- Adams’s Acres on Clear Creek - Ryan Craig
Construct refrigerated trailer for transporting product to restaurants and Farmer’s Market.
- Wren Thicket Market - Debra Elam
Advertising to increase outreach and sales of 10 vendors who sell at the Market
- Sycamore Bend Farm - Andrew Schwerin
Integrated aquaponics for production of tilapia and greenhouse vegetable.
- Ozark Carding Mill & Farm - Adam Riley
Gourmet and medicinal mushroom cultivation.
- White River Creamery - Scott & Tessa McCormick
Walk-in refrigerator system construction.
- Brannon Mountain Farm - Jesse & Ramona Napolitano
Planting fruit & nut trees to increase food security and diversification.
- Lost Acre Farm – Raine Bradford
To expand chicken and duck egg availability at weekday farmers markets.
- Windy Valley Farm - Kenneth and Connie Fields
To protect production areas from wildlife to allow more diverse produce to be raised for market.
- Ozark Alternatives – Paul Chapracki and Amanda Wunderlich
For mini-hoophouses to extend the growing season.