Bamboo Shoot: Planting and Cannery Blue Print

Operator(s): Thay and Meng
Production: Bamboo
Location: Morganton
Brothers Thay and Meng have been growing edible bamboo shoots for the past 10 years. Fresh bamboo has a short shelf life, and the demand in Asian markets for pickled bamboo has no U.S. supplier. Grant funds will allow them to expand their bamboo acreage, make plans for a cannery, and develop their pickled bamboo recipe in cooperation with Blue Ridge Food Ventures.

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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.