Food-based businesses can create local jobs whether through growing, distributing or even cooking food. Often times, local food businesses are challenged in accessing financial capital. Luckily, there are some great ways you can help.
Buy Local Food
Local Harvest is a great resource to find a CSA program convenient for you. You can stock your refrigerator with locally harvested food through an CSA, a system where farmers provide a pre-sorted weekly box of fruits, vegetables and other local treats.
There are local farmers markets and pop-up markets where you can buy products and produce directly from the makers and growers. Beyond the food you eat at home, you can also choose restaurants that serve local food.
Restaurants are a great source of revenue for those growing our local food, but restaurant owners and chefs won’t use local if customers don’t buy it so vote with your fork! Many restaurants have their own gardens or buy from Georgia farmers, often noting locally grown food on their menus. By showing chefs and restaurant owners you appreciate their efforts to cook with fresher, Georgia-grown food, you help promote our local food movement.
Invest in Local Food
Despite their value to our communities, farms, gardens and businesses involved with local food often find it hard to obtain the capital they need to grow. Depending on their size, they might not qualify for traditional financing from a bank.
Some have turned to alternative sources, and this is an opportunity for you to invest in local food. Slow Money Georgia is a local chapter of the Slow Money Alliance, a national network that provides a way for socially-responsible investors to connect with businesses and organizations in the local food movement.