9 agribusiness entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of $150,000 within the newest spherical of the S.C. Division of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Middle for Analysis and Entrepreneurship funding.
The companies vary from an oyster and mushroom farm to a cellular espresso truck and embrace probably the most agribusinesses targeted on sustainability in this system’s historical past, in line with a information launch. Of the awardees, 5 had beforehand participated in ACRE’s Agribusiness Planning Curriculum program for starting entrepreneurs.
SCDA based ACRE in 2018 to assist determine and nurture agribusiness innovation.
“We’re excited to see agribusinesses who beforehand participated in our Curriculum Program now with the ability to pursue extra funding sources underneath the Superior Program,” Kyle Participant, ACRE govt director, mentioned within the launch.
Fourteen finalists pitched enterprise plans to a panel of judges who chosen the winners primarily based on enterprise plans, a video pitch and wish for capital.
“ACRE does an exceptional job of serving to homegrown agribusinesses advance their operations by means of funding and trade connections,” S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers mentioned. “I stay up for seeing how these entrepreneurs’ success impacts South Carolina’s agriculture trade.”
This 12 months’s winners, representing seven S.C. counties are:
Earth Folks Farms, primarily based in Beaufort County, is owned by sister and brother duo Najmah and Glen Thomas, whose product traces embrace a group of herbs and natural merchandise within the custom of their African and Gullah/Geechee heritage.
Harleston Towles is the proprietor of Rooting Down Farms, The Twenty Bag, and his latest enterprise enterprise, Sandy Level Citrus. Towles plans to develop specialty citrus fruits together with Meyer lemons, ruby purple grapefruits, and satsuma mandarin oranges in Charleston County.
Marissa Paykos owns and operates 40-acre Whippoorwill Farms SC in Jasper County. Pork, hen, eggs and greens are produced on the farm and agritourism.
Lightning Rock Land & Cattle, a veteran- and woman-owned, 142-acre farm in Charleston County, is owned by husband and spouse Trey and Corrine Wright. The farm focuses concentrate on land regeneration, carbon sequestration, and elevating heritage breed cattle in an environmentally pleasant means.
Jay and Rose Lewis have operated Rebecca Farms in Florence County since 2010. The vertically built-in operation grows high-quality, inexpensive oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
In Dorchester County, Rita Bachmann started Rita’s Roots Yard Harvest in 2011 as an natural backyard session service. Now the full-service operation features a nursery division that provides high-quality, seasonal greens, reduce and pollinator flowers, and herb vegetation.
Feast & Flora is a woman-owned industrial reduce flower farm on Wadmalaw Island. Proprietor and lead designer Laura Mewbourn additionally has a brick-and-mortar design studio in Charleston.
Rambling Rosa Farms is a seven-acre farm in Pickens County owned and operated by Brittany Arsiniega. The farm grows diversified greens utilizing natural strategies, rescues cattle and provides instructional courses and group occasions.
The CoffeeLady31, a minority- and woman-owned enterprise in Spartanburg County, started operations in a house kitchen. Proprietor Cecelia Miller now operates a cellular espresso truck in addition to an apothecary and herb farm.
Attain Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.