7 entrepreneurs share $30,000 from South Carolina Division of Agriculture’s ACRE Program, Clemson Cooperative Extension for brand new enterprise ventures
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Blueberry-okra ice cream? Honey bee hives which you can lease for a share of the harvest? Recent off the farm tumeric and ginger? These are three of the seven proposed agribusinesses which have been awarded a share of $30,000 to assist propel their agriculture companies ahead by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Heart for Analysis and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), in partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension.
Sixteen people or pairs participated on this 12 months’s ACRE Curriculum, which guides starting entrepreneurs by means of growing a marketing strategy, advertising, finance, operational planning, pitching and different enterprise expertise. This 12 months’s curriculum was performed totally on-line attributable to COVID-19, together with the digital Pitch Day.
The awardees, as chosen by a panel of judges:
- Sweetgrass Roots is a studying farm in Colleton County devoted to preserving folks artwork crafts like sweetgrass basketry. “Seed to basket” entrepreneur Kisha Kinard plans to make use of ACRE funding for a storage construction.
- By means of Queen & Comb, property house owners pay a month-to-month price to have Tom Knaust place honeybee hives on their property, sharing 50-50 within the honey harvest and studying about pollinators. He plans to make use of ACRE funding to start advertising his Charleston County enterprise.
- Elise Ashby’s Farmers Market Flavors sells vegetable ice cream in flavors like blueberry-okra and cauliflower-butter pecan. She plans to make use of ACRE funding to assist pay deprived youth to work in her industrial kitchen in Union County.
- Ginger Nichols grows aquaponic lettuces at Spartanburg County’s Naturally Fresh Farms. She plans so as to add extra chilly storage to develop her market.
- On the seven-acre Lover Farms in Pickens County, Brittany Arsiniega and Brit Hessler supply an escape to the farm, internet hosting occasions, instructing lessons in foraging, and promoting merchandise and produce. They’ll use ACRE funding for seed.
- At Spartanburg County’s Paulownia Vineyards, Elaine Ryan is planting Bordeaux-style wine grapes – uncommon in South Carolina – and pecans. She plans to make use of ACRE funding to rent a winery advisor.
- Greg Brown plans to start rising ginger and turmeric for the restaurant market at his Hopkins-area Greenleaf Farms in Richland County, the place he at present grows asparagus and different produce.
“The way forward for agribusiness in South Carolina depends upon new concepts,” mentioned Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “These entrepreneurs will use what they’ve realized within the ACRE Curriculum program to construct profitable companies and develop new markets in meals and agriculture.”
SCDA based ACRE in 2018 to assist establish and nurture new concepts and companies within the Palmetto State’s agribusiness sector.
In spring 2021, superior agribusiness entrepreneurs could have the possibility to compete for his or her share of $125,000 in funding. Info is obtainable at acre-sc.com.