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Suzanne Johnson

Blue Wildrye Farm

Idaho

83857

Building Animal Protein Supply Chain Capacity

May 21, 2024

We are in the processing of building a production facility on our farm that will include an area for processing poultry raised on our farm, a commercial kitchen in which we hope to produce value added meat products from protein we have raised on our farm (poultry, pork and beef) and a micro-dairy producing raw A2A2 Jersey milk. We would like to know of any grant, collaboration or educational opportunities that the Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Center could assist us with.


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Sam Jones

Lost Greens Farm

Colorado

80216

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 20, 2024

I am a small scale urban farmer producing regeneratively on a quarter acre in Denver, CO near RiNo (in the Cole neighborhood) in my 4th year as a for profit farm. The farm is Lost Greens Farm (lostgreensfarm.com) I am a first generation farmer and I am transgender (my pronouns are him/his). I am seeking resources and grants to continue to expand my business here in urban Denver, as I want to be part of a thriving local urban food system, educate others on how to farm, and expand the growing space of the farm.


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matt Mcfadden

20170

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May 17, 2024

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Ashley Krueger

The Gardens on Spring Creek

Colorado

80526

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 17, 2024

We connected with Audrey Welsh and are looking to connect with Libby to discuss possibly working as technical assistance providers for our local indigenous community.


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Lisa Ansell Frazier

Buffalo Youth Nation Project

Wyoming

82001

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 15, 2024

I am looking to further build my non profit in creating sustainable food systems and tribal food sovereignty models. Here is the website for my non profit 501c3 for more information
https://buffaloyouthnationproject.org/


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Lisa Ansell Frazier

Buffalo Youth Nation Project

Colorado

80525

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 15, 2024

I am a Indigenous Food Security non profit looking to expand my Indigenous Food Center program in Larimer county for our Urban Native American Community. This is our website for more information:
https://buffaloyouthnationproject.org/


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Allison Rinard

Whidbey Island Conservation District

Washington

98239

Not related to a theme

May 15, 2024

Whidbey Island Conservation District is interested in updates and grant opportunities to share with local producers


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Carli Donoghue

Northern Colorado Foodshed Project

Colorado

80525

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 15, 2024

We are a 501c3 organization running a farm business accelerator program that supports new farm businesses through land, water, shared infrastructure, business support, and mentorship. I am interested in learning more about grants to support the program after its current BFRDP grant funding period ends.


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Brenda Johnson

Cottage Hill Dairy

Oregon

97045

Not related to a theme

May 14, 2024

I’m looking for grants to expand my goat milk product portfolio by obtaining certified equipment


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Nathanael Engen

Black Forest Mushrooms

Washington

98201

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 13, 2024

We are always looking for resources at Black Forest Mushrooms to help us scale our mission to cultivate gourmet mushrooms and healthy communities.


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Z Natallanni

Goat & Seed Family Farm/ The Why Not Us Foundation

Washington

98026

Not related to a theme

May 13, 2024

WE need to fund our system to bring food that will foster community growth, health and advocacy where it is currently not being reached. It will extend hands in to parts of the region we aren't normally in. enhancing business growth, but also bringing healthy food options to underserved areas.


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Marcia Walker

OSU

Oregon

97209

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 9, 2024

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Jill Kong

Global to Local

Washington

98188

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 9, 2024

Hello, I'm reaching out to you on behalf of my non-profit organization Global to Local. We operate a prepared-food business incubator program in Tukwila, WA, that's currently supporting 13 immigrant women entrepreneurs with a commercial kitchen space, business coaching and technical assistance (including permitting), and comprehensive support that guides their journeys to launch successful regional food businesses. We are also supporting 8 immigrant-owned farm businesses who participate in the Tukwila Village Farmer's Market that we operate each year, by offering them a free vendor booth, coaching, technical assistance and market support. These farms sell their locally-grown culturally relevant produce at the market, with over 60% of their annual sales go towards increasing community food security in the form of food vouchers created and distributed and/or supported by Global to Local, which are used by our predominantly immigrant and BIPOC clients to make purchases at the market.
We are reaching out to you to learn more about funding opportunities offered by your Food Business Center or by a government/NGO partner in your network that can fund and support Global to Local's nonprofit food business incubator program. We would be happy to meet with your team to share more about our work and learn about opportunities that we can pursue.
Thank you!


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Alyssa Wade

The Butchers Wife

Washington

99159

Building Animal Protein Supply Chain Capacity

May 7, 2024

We are looking for any and all information.


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Shayne Wanstall

Oregon

97045

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 6, 2024

I have enjoyed reading the website and am excited about the opportunities described, however, I'm still not sure what the next step is. I am currently involved in real estate negotiations for a cafe and would like to apply for a start-up/development grant, as well as network with local farmers to source quality products. Can you advise which grant is most appropriate for me to apply to? I would also be interested in any information packets that could help me become a more responsible chef and business owner.
-Thank you for your time -Shayne


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Jasmine Iganian

kultur'd

Colorado

80305

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 5, 2024

My name is Jasmine Iganian. I am the founder of Kultur'd, a food company with a focus on enhancing and supporting gut health, based in Boulder Colorado.
My Story: My journey begins in Iran, where the persecution of my family and witnessing the loss of loved ones shaped my resolve from an early age. Fleeing my homeland at 17, I left behind the familiarity of home and family in pursuit of a brighter future. Arriving a year later in the United States as a refugee, I learnt quickly to adjust, assimilate, and support myself through university. The profound sense of loss and sacrifice propelled me forward, driving me to achieve against all odds. My bachelor degree in Chemistry forged me a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. Years later, those interpersonal and management skills prepared me for a thriving career in construction management. Furthering my formal education in Master of Architecture, catapulted my project sizes and allowed me to established myself as a builder and developer in a traditionally male dominant field. All along, my science background and affinity to creativity, innovation and challenging the convention led me to interrogating the expectations and rewriting the narratives. This quest naturally extended to the role of food in our lives as a medium for healing and regenerative health.
Brand Story: Kultur’d story is vibrant and intertwined with my own narrative of resilience, imagination and hope. Kultur'd, a play on the word "culture," symbolizes both the fermentation process and an openness to new ideas and creative expressions. It is inspired by ancient Persian culinary wisdom and fermentation techniques and driven by modern scientific studies built on the medicinal properties of ingredients and their symbiotic effects on digestion, healing and balance. The innovation lays in not only flavors but in stabilizing the formula while preserving the nutritional integrity and properties of the live organism and ingredients.
Kultur'd responses to a huge market demand. In today’s dynamic consumer landscape, where connectivity and information is abound, exists an unmet demand for international flavors and gut supportive foods. It is at the junction of premium ingredients, untapped flavors, both modern and ancient gastronomy practices and science that Kultur’d is born. Our mission is clear: to improve, enhance and balance gut health through tasty and unique flavors while making it shelf stable.
What is Kultur'd?
- A brand new food category: gut focused food with unique flavors
- Disrupt the salad dressing and sauce market
- Probiotic, prebiotic, antioxidant food.
- Global flavors, familiar formulations, modern process
- Compelling brand story resonating with many

Where are we now?
- Currently Collaborating with CSU to formulate our products.
- Launching an initial lineup of six shelf-stable probiotic sauces and prebiotic dressings.
- In discussion with potential co-packers.
- Has been selected to attend a 12 week crash course through Oregon State community college, specific for food entrepreneurs.
- Aiming for a fall 2024 launch,
- Kultur'd LLC a Colorado company is formed
- Legal and organization documents are being drafted
- The domain http://www.kulturd.com was negotiated and is secured

Where we are going?
Short term Goal (this year)
- Strong Launch Online and retail in Rocky Mountain Region:
- Seamless production and distribution: Resolve and streamline any sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment challenges
- Momentum Through Social Media: To create a community through audience engagement, and build a loyal following.
- Building a power team: Continue to build and foster a cohesive team equipped to scale up operations efficiently and adapt to growth challenges and contribute to our expansion strategies.
What do we need help with:
- Funding and making connection in the following areas:
- Education: to participate in Courses and classes in the food spaces.
- Product Development,
- Marketing and Branding
- Operations and Infrastructure
- Sales and Distribution: Securing partnerships with retailers and distributors
- Talent Acquisition: Recruiting key personnel such as food scientists, marketing professionals, and sales representatives to drive growth and manage day- to-day operations effectively.
How does the regional USDA Food Business Center can help us?
The Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional USDA services can be instrumental in supporting my food startup. The funding opportunities such as loans and grants will assist local entrepreneurs especially the ones from minority and underprivileged backgrounds such as myself to gain access to necessary capital. It will also connect me with mentors and networks vital for a successful launch and growth of my company Kultur's in the competitive food market.
Thank you so much for your commitment in fostering and cultivating our regional entrepreneurs.


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Joni Kindwall-Moore

CIVC

Montana

59714

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 4, 2024

Hello, we are acquiring a facility in MT and will need funds to improve the food safety program in order to scale the infrastructure for climate-resilient crops in the Northern Rockies Region. We are looking for additional funding to help pay for these infrastructure improvements and build markets via novel product development and market demand for underutilized crops like millet and hulless oats.


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Anthony Gromko

WSU Extension

Washington

98296

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

May 3, 2024

Sector focused local investment networks


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Phil Neumann

Mainstem Malt

Washington

99328

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 1, 2024

Mainstem Malt has been active in the grain purchasing (5+ million pounds), supply chain management, and malt sales (3+ million pounds) business since 2016. We have not to-date had our own grain malting facility and have instead relied on toll processing at partnering facilities. In early 2024, we completed a feasibility study to explore the establishment of our malting facility as an anchor business for a broader cluster of artisan grains businesses, at the Port of Columbia's Blue Mountain Station Food Park in Dayton, WA. With a thumbs-up as to feasibility, we are now moving forward with the financing and planning of this development as a public-private partnership, expecting to launch the malting facility by summer of 2026. There are numerous ways that the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Center can help ensure this project takes hold and creates maximum positive impact in the Northwest regional food system, from addressing critical infrastructure needs to providing operational support. Port of Columbia and Mainstem will greatly appreciate any help we can get.


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Sara Wood

Wyoming Heritage grains

Wyoming

82435

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

May 1, 2024

Learning about grant opportunities for our operations.


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Erin Pike

Royal Dairy/Royal Ranch

Washington

99357

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 30, 2024

We are starting to sell our products direct to consumer and would love to get help networking or advise for success.


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Hoiyee Cheung

Growing ancestral roots

Oregon

97333

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 30, 2024

We are a non profit that is creating more cultural foods for our diverse communities by helping our members with low barrier cooperative opportunities.


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Brentley Uhlorn

Uhlorn Family Farms

Idaho

83522

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 29, 2024

Looking to launch and scale a food company using our own and other locally grown products. Focus will be flours and an oat based breakfast cup. Looking for funding to help with processing costs and package design and purchasing as well as slotting fees and storage costs.


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Teryl Wallace

The Garden at Newledo

Oregon

97391

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 26, 2024

Hello, we are starting a mission based farm to increase the amount of healthy food in our area on the coast of Oregon. We saw a presentation at the OSU small farms conference and thought that this could be a great way to learn about any funding opportunities that may be available to us. Thank you!


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Christie Rich

The Bread Chic

Colorado

80525

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 25, 2024

I need help with Grant writing for the RFSI program


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Gillian Jones

Dancing Tom Farm

Colorado

81415

Building Animal Protein Supply Chain Capacity

April 24, 2024

My husband and I are both disabled veterans starting a farm rooted in regenerative agricultural practices raising free range heritage turkeys and grass fed lamb. We are trying to scale up our operation and funding is a hurdle. Seeking opportunities for growth.


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Emma Francis

Valere Farm and Ranch

Colorado

80642

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 20, 2024

Building our business and clientel.


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Kai Fletcher

Mutiny Bay Blues, LLC

Washington

98249

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 19, 2024

Looking to keep informed about grant programs that can grow our business.


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Evan Fulton

Ute Mountain Farm and Ranch Enterprise

Colorado

81334

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 19, 2024

We are seeking to make improvements to our corn milling operation by adding new technology to our bagging and shipping techniques. We are seeking grant support to fund these improvements.


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Liz Gibb

Boulder Food Rescue

Colorado

80304

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 18, 2024

We are trying to start small scale food production workshops and classes using foods that farmers have in excess. I am just looking at the resources that are available.


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Cassedea Ashley

NW NATIVE NUTS LLC

Oregon

97426

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 18, 2024

I am looking at scaling our hazelnuts and getting into handling/processing our hazelnuts to sell at our farm stand and to bakeries/local food vendors. I would love help with resources and steps to go through the process. Feel free to call me as well at 541-654-2467


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Jenna Keeton

Washington Sea Grant

Washington

98103

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 18, 2024

Identify resources for seafood harvesters.


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Heidi Hammer

Wild Crow Pie Co.

Washington

98236

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 17, 2024

We are a local women owned business in Island County. We've had circumstances beyond our control that have greatly affected our business. Our distributer passed away unexpectedly leaving a large gap in usual orders. We also lost our existing kitchen to a "Sesmic Retro Fit" and were forced to vacate and find another place to do business. We did find another place, however building out a whole new kitchen facility with equipment was quite costly taking all our capital. We have a wonderful product that has been very successful. Unfortunately, our sales went way down after loosing our distributor and we could really use some help getting back on our feet for the coming PIE SEASON May- Dec.


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Karissa Walaszek

Forest Fairy Farm

Washington

98584

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 16, 2024

Provide grant writing workshops and email lists that people can subscribe to in order to get notified of possible eligible grants.


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Katie Stevens

Whidbey Provisions

Washington

98239

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 16, 2024

I'm starting a new business in Island County, WA called Whidbey Provisions. We're a shared/commissary kitchen, with a retail deli storefront. The idea is that the businesses will be complementary, and support each other, allowing members of the shared kitchen to sell their products in the retail front, providing that opportunity to test new product lines, open up new sales channels and raise business visibility. Would love to connect more as we go along to share learnings, get learnings, opportunities for funding and support, and how I can give back and work on broader initiatives to support regional food businesses. So basically, would love your help, but also raising my hand to help! 🙂


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Chantelle Hylton

North Coast Commons

Washington

97147

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 16, 2024

Building post-harvest processing and shared kitchen in Naselle, Pacific County, WA - so everything related to that! Thank you!


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david schumacher

Freestone Collective

Washington

98045

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

April 15, 2024

Hello!
My wife and I have recently opened a commissary kitchen in the Snoqualmie Valley that aims to support local food entrepreneurs and farms in the surrounding area. We are unique in that we open to the public every Friday and Saturday to promote our food entrepreneurs and give them a direct platform to interact with the public, utilizing our downtown Snoqualmie store front. We'd love to learn more about some of the grants that would be applicable to our business. Thanks so much!


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McKinley Dixon

Northern Latitude Foods

Idaho

83815

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

April 2, 2024

We harvest wild rice in northern Idaho and we utilize lots of custom built equipment, which has been incredibly expensive.
Looking for some grants to help us create better systems for harvesting and processing this unique agriculture project.


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Larry Lempka

Los Rios Farm

Colorado

80513

Not related to a theme

April 2, 2024

I am seeking assistance in writing the Phase II grant for RSFI through CDA. I have attempted to download the application with no success, even with the aid of an email from Brian Coppom. Thank you. I am also be interested in applying for other grants as well.


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Roger Candelaria

Ranchito Alegre LLC

Colorado

81147

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

March 29, 2024

We have been building our capacity to sustainably grow wholesome vegetables and foods for our local markets in SW Colorado but to serve the community, we need to create or expand the farm stand we've created for a farm-direct sales platform. We hope to be able to open soon and need facilities to safely temporarily store foods for consumers. Thank you.


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Lindsay Myron

Smoot's Flavor Farm LLC

Washington

99163

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

March 28, 2024

I'm interested in the Business Builder Grant Program when it opens up!


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Twila Soles

Grouse Malt House

Colorado

80549

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture

March 28, 2024

I'm reaching out on behalf of Grouse Malt House, a woman-owned value-added gluten-free grain manufacturing facility based in Colorado. We recently applied for phase 1 of the RFSI grant and have been accepted into the second round. We are particularly interested in optimizing our application to increase our chances of securing funding. We understand that this requires resources, and we want to emphasize that we have funds available for this purpose.
Could we schedule a meeting to discuss how your team can support us in polishing up our RFSI grant application? We are eager to explore collaboration opportunities and are confident that your expertise could greatly benefit our efforts.


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MICHELLE ODRISCOLL

Springbank Farm LLC

Oregon

97355

Supporting Right-Size Investing and Infrastructure

March 28, 2024

Wanted to get some counsel on an ODA grant application for Farm to School equipment. I am only available April 7th or later. I am looking to schedule with Tanya in Oregon.


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Gillian Jones

Dancing Tom Farm

Colorado

81415

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

March 26, 2024

Hello. My husband and I are both veterans and beginning farmers. We have a 40 acre parcel in the beautiful North Fork Valley on the Western Slope of Colorado. We raise heritage Bourbon Red turkeys in a pasture based regenerative system. We are also looking to raise Australian White sheep, the "Wagyu beef of sheep." As you are well aware the capital intensiveness of starting the business is what is hindering us the most. We are hoping to apply for the Business Builder Grant program as well as any other technical assistance available. We are passionate about the myriad of benefits that small scale farming
raising local nutritious foods in a regenerative agriculture system have on the health of our soils, ourselves, our animals, our communities, and our greater ecosystems.


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Christine Chan

New Hannah Farm

Washington

98250

March 25, 2024

At the moment we’re particularly interested in finding grants that would support the purchase of an electric farm utility vehicle.


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Tom Lipetzky

Colorado

80235

Not related to a theme

March 21, 2024

Just interested in keeping informed of the Business Builder grant opportunity.


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Paul Sidoriak

NEXT MENTION MEDIA LLC

Montana

59801

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

March 20, 2024

I'm just getting an artisan frozen pizza business going and am also interested in any purchasing decisions I can make from the region that may promote climate-resilient agriculture.


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Sarah Masoni

Food Innovation Center

Oregon

97209

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

March 20, 2024

Need surveys for TA services at FIC. Thank you


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Lindsay Myron

Smoot's Flavor Farm LLC

Washington

99163

Not related to a theme

March 19, 2024

I am a small farm business looking to join the newsletter list-serve in hopes of participating in programs offered here.


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Raj Bhattarai

Happy Curry Foods / Katmandu

Oregon

97301

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

March 19, 2024

ODA Farm to School Producer Grant proposal review. Grant due in the first week of April 2024


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