Top 10 Teams Win $120K in Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, including a prize of $10,000 presented to Lowcountry Street Grocery of Charleston.
Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG) is a mission-driven, mobile farmers’ market designed to make healthy, local food affordable and accessible for Charleston residents. Sales and operations take place aboard a classic retrofitted school bus that travels across a Lowcountry service area.
The mobile market sets up shop at multiple convenient locations six days a week, following a pre-determined bus route. Best of all, the mobile market has the capacity to visit areas of Charleston that currently lack access to healthy, fresh food by making a farmers’ market experience more convenient and accessible than ever.
“Farm Bureau applauds the efforts of Lindsey Barrow and Kate DeWitt in their mission to provide farm fresh, healthy food to underserved areas of Charleston,” said SC Farm Bureau President Harry Ott.
“We congratulate them on being a finalist in the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge and know that their prize money will be used for a good purpose to assist them in achieving their mission.”
The challenge, now in its third year, provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural communities throughout the U.S. It is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall made the announcement at the American Farm Bureau’s October board of directors meeting.
“Entrepreneurship is alive and well in rural America,” Duvall said. “It’s a pleasure to recognize these 10 outstanding businesses. The FB Challenge addresses some of the unique obstacles entrepreneurs typically face, namely, limited options for support such as startup funding.”
The top 10 challenge teams were selected by 15 judges with expertise in business development, agribusiness lending and entrepreneurial coaching.
To watch the 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge award presentations visit http://www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge/.