SCCF’s Taste Local Initiative (formerly known as Food Education for Entrepreneurial Development (FEED) program aims to strengthen the local foods economy by building relationships within the local food supply chain. Through events, funding, and classes we build collaborative innovation for local food producers and consumers.
Our Network: Taste Local will help food entrepreneurs tap into the amazing network that exists in the central Shenandoah Valley in the form of businesses, government institutions, and individuals. We do this through events such as a Farm2Fork Affair, one-on-one business counseling, and a local food asset map.
Funding: SCCF already has a number of food-related loan clients, and that number is growing! Our microloan program offers local entrepreneurs loan funds from $1,000 to $50,000 for starting or expanding a business.
Training: Our Taste Local classes consist of:
- Starting a Food Business
- Food Regulations for Entrepreneurs
- Advanced Social Media
SCCF recognizes the benefits that a healthy local food system can have for individuals, the community at large, and the local economy. By supporting local producers through our network, funding, and training. Taste Local is helping to build a more resilient, more connected, healthier region. Just as importantly, it empowers individuals to cultivate their passions, talents, and goals through operating their own food businesses.