Local farms compete for Cultivating Change grant in a nationwide competition
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Three local farms need the community’s vote as they compete in a nationwide competition to win a portion of a $75,000 grant to better provide locally-grown food for the community.
Scissortail Farms in Tulsa, Sage Farms in Glenpool and Square Dance Farms in Porum are currently competing against more than 100 other farms across the country for this grant.
Scissortail Farms chief operating officer, Rob Walenta said the money would specifically be used for enhancing their operations to produce more natural, fresh food for our community.
“We saw an opportunity to produce food locally as opposed to importing it from other parts of the country or other countries and wanted to create good jobs and good food for our local community,” Walenta said. They are currently wrapping up their third year of production and want to continue expanding.
“I think that we found a good niche to help supply the retailers in our community with fresh, local food,” Walenta said.
Scissortail Farms products are currently at Reasor’s and Whole Foods in Tulsa. In Oklahoma City, they are at Buy For Less and Uptown Market, and they sell a number of different vegetables and herbs.
PRO*ACT is the national produce distributor responsible for awarding the Cultivating Change grant. Their sustainability program, Greener Fields Together launched the Cultivating Change grant program in 2015.
In just two years, the funding has helped more than 20 farms.
“This grant program is to help those suppliers with key aspects, key projects that will help them continue to approve or expand, whatever might help them the most,” said Walenta.
Voting ends Jan. 31 and winners will be announced Feb. 5.
Supporters can vote by going to cultivatingchange.org and review local farm applications.