Jaemor Farms was among 16 Georgia agricultural businesses chosen to receive a grant from the Cultivating Change farm initiative.
The agribusiness at 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto, was among eight chosen by a review panel to receive $5,000. Eight more were selected by popular votes at the Greener Fields Together website. In all, more than $90,000 was awarded by Royal Food Service and its supply chain partner PRO*ACT.
Jaemor Farms grows strawberries, blackberries, peaches, winter squashes and other crops distributed by Royal to schools, universities, hospitals and dining establishments.
Jaemor Farms will to use the grant to redevelop its online store and purchase gift boxes for its Community Supported Agriculture program.
“GFT has encouraged us to look into our business to find ways to further grow (and improve) areas of our organization that are already in place,” Caroline Lewallen of Jaemor Farms wrote in a news release. “As the demand for fresh, local produce increases, we feel that we are fortunately located in an area that will enable us to take produce to the consumer, in addition to having that same produce available at our family’s two farm market locations. In 2017 we plan to establish a fresh produce box delivery service and the funds from the CC program will help us jump start this project in the new year.”
For a list of winners and more information, visit www.greenerfieldstogether.org.