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Cultivating New Food Entrepreneurs and Scaling-up Businesses to Create Self-sufficiency in The Takoma/langley Crossroads

Balch, C.
Crossroads Community Food Network, Inc.
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Project goal: Build long-term economic vitality in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community by increasing equity in the food system and building our community's self-reliance.Objective 1: Through CCFN's Círculo de Apoyo/Circle of Support, facilitatethe creation of new food businesses by providing microenterprise training in business operations and food safety for 75 emerging food entrepreneurs, representing low-income immigrants and other disadvantaged groups.Objective 2: Through CCFN's Círculo de Aumento/Scale-Up Circle, support the scaling-up of start-up food businesses by providing a suite ofservices, including workshops, technical assistance, access to infrastructure, facilitation of peer-to-peer learning in the form of a mentoring program, and customized assistance with processing, packaging and labeling to 35 food entrepreneurs, representing low-income immigrants and other disadvantaged groups.Objective 3: Link Círculo de Aumento/Scale-Up Circle entrepreneurs with farmers and local markets to enable local and sustainable food sourcing when possible and ensure a market for value-added products developed in the community kitchen in order to strengthen markets for locally-produced food.?
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Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
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Natural Toxins
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Education and Training