2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Since 2010, Stephanie McClenny’s mission has been to create the most delicious, locally sourced and responsibly produced preserves available. After numerous awards and national recognition, Stephanie will take her mission a step further and use the grant funds for a new focus for her company to incorporate the Preserving Austin Project. Her goal is to change the way Central Texas thinks about preserving and the project will preserve the local history of canning in Central Texas through education and community involvement. This will include company rebranding, oral histories, and creation of a mobile kitchen and traveling canning museum.
Founder Brandon Ade is providing the first locally grown and malted barley in Texas to support the meteoric rise in craft beer production. 100 years ago, every brewery malted its own locally sourced grains. The drive to maximize profits and increase yields, grain producing conglomerates have replaced local production. In September 2013, Blacklands Malt began the initial batch of the first locally malted barley in Texas. They will use their grant funds to expand onsite storage capacity, source additional barley and hopefully bring one more regional farmer onboard as a producer. Thanks to Brandon and Blacklands, we will all soon be able to enjoy a beer made from 100% Texas grown malted barley.
Opening this year in their first brick and mortar location, Salt & Time is Austin’s first whole animal butcher shop. The grant funds will be used towards gaining USDA certification for Salt & Time to become the first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas. This certification will allow Salt & Time to expand its cured meat operation and provide wholesale, Texas-made salumi to chefs and restaurants. Salt & Time was recognized as an honorable mention for the 2012 AFWA Grant Awards.
A boutique, family-owned vegetable farm started in Spring 2011 by Bekki Callaway and Michael Moser, Skinny Lane Farm will use grant funds to create an ‘On the Farm’ Cooking Program, the first in the Elgin area. The farm will build a teaching kitchen to prepare just harvested produce and host educational events that encourage local food production and healthy lifestyles. Skinny Lane Farm was recognized as an honorable mention for the 2012 AFWA Grant Awards.
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Owners Jane and Terry Levan are widely recognized for providing “really good chicken” at local farmers markets and to chefs and restaurants. Their mission is to provide Central Texas with humanely raised, antibiotic free, pasture chickens at an affordable price. Committed to good stewardship and environmental responsibility, the Levans hope to gain funding to install a rainwater collection system that will ultimately allow them to reduce stress on their local aquifer and expand their operations.
An Austin non-profit just over a year old, Fresh Chefs Society empowers youth transitioning out of foster care to take charge of their eating lifestyle and connecting those who are interested in a career in the culinary field. Through a series of unique “iCook” cooking classes, Fresh Chefs Society provides hands-on cooking experiences and basic knowledge needed to cook independently and healthily. The organization seeks funding to expand and strengthen culinary experiences of foster youth in Texas and better meet the true need of our community.
An authentic farmhouse brewery committed to making artisan ales of great depth and character, Jester King Brewery fully embraces local terroir in brewing to give their beers a true sense of place. The brewery is the first in Texas and among the few on earth to make spontaneously fermented beer. Founder/Brewer Jeffrey Stuffings hopes to gain funding to grow Jester King’s spontaneous fermentation program, which will be extremely unique and a first for the Texas Hill Country.
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