RAFI Kicks off 2015 Grant Program for Farmers with Tour at Pickett Farm


This year, RAFI will celebrate 18 years of serving small and mid-scale family farmers across NC through our grant program. To kick-off a new round of grant-making through our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, we’ve organized a farm tour with two of our current grantees on Wednesday, November 5th from 1 to 3 pm. Our program is funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, whose staff will also be in attendance as we mark this occasion.

Judy and Gene Pickett, former tobacco growers, will host the event at their multi-generational family farm in Duplin County. This year, Judy and Gene received a grant to establish a new agri-tourism project, the Fun Time Farm & Corn Maze.

Pigs_Pickett_FarmAdditionally, Beth Kahn and Chris Pickett will be on hand to demonstrate the hog tractors they built with the help of a grant earlier this year. (Photos documenting the progress of their project are below, courtesy of Beth Kahn.)

The event is free and open to the public and will include demonstrations of creative farm business ideas for farmers and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Address: 258 Henry Dunn Pickett Road, Beulaville, NC

>> To learn more about the event and RSVP, click here.

>> To learn more about our grants for farmers ($8,000) and grants for collaborative groups ($10,000), please see: www.rafiusa.org/grants


 


About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.