There is a huge push these days to make people aware of the farm-to-fork concept and with good reason. People are becoming more and more too far removed from understanding what “real” food is and where it comes from. Real food doesn’t come from a box, it doesn’t come from a can, and it isn’t produced in a factory.
On Sunday, May 12 you can learn more about the local real food movement by attending Funds To Farm: A Celebration of Local Food held from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Triple C Brewing Company located at 2900 Griffith Street. Funds to Farm is a funding program for beginning farmers and food entrepreneurs using a unique community-based microfinance model that has previously taken hold in some of the artsy-type communities in NYC, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Louisville, Philadelphia and Detroit. The model brings community members together over food as a way to raise money for community projects. Enough food is gathered from donations to prepare a large pot of soup and a fee is charged for each bowl while presenters pitch ideas for projects in need of sourcing during the sit-down event. At the end of the dinner, the attendees vote on the best idea and the winner receives the proceeds from the event in the form of a micro-grant. The dinners usually happen quarterly and the previous winner returns to report on the progress of their project.
The first Triangle area event was held back in January in Durham and due to its huge success, other events are being planned around the state. For only $20, you can have the opportunity to support Charlotte’s food community and local farmers and cast your vote in the competition while enjoying brew from Triple C Brewing Company and local food. Applications for beginning farmers & food entrepreneurs interested in presenting at this event are now open. Please see the Application Guidelines for more information. You may purchase tickets online via Paypal or take your chance that there will be some available at the door.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help your community grow and succeed in sustainable ways!