Plow to Plate Partnerships Program

 

The spring 2019 Plow to Plate applications are now closed.

Please check back for our next application opening in the fall.

Who We Fund:

  • Small holder farmers

  • Agri-businesses

  • Food producers, manufacturers, distributors or suppliers

  • Community-based or educational projects related to food production

We have a strong preference for applicants who are:

  • Employing sustainable, eco-agricultural practices.

  • Working with their neighbors and communities to share equipment, knowledge, distribution, sales or other resources.

  • Aiming to increase their crop outputs and are interested increasing their sales by gaining access to World Central Kitchen’s network of distributors, restaurants and hotels.

  • Interested in building their resilience against future natural disasters.

  • Committed to participating in WCK’s skills building program that includes access to workshops, trainings, meetings/conferences, and networking opportunities in the agricultural and small business sectors.

  • Community based groups that bring together farmers like those described above and that work to leverage the skills and talents of the individual farmers to create a more impactful whole.

  • Individually owned, small businesses participating in the Puerto Rican food supply chain (restaurants, packagers, delivery companies) who are procuring their inputs from local farms – in particular those that are existing WCK grantees – and targeting Puerto Rican consumers.

  • Groups that support other food related services to their local community

Examples of such activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting a community or school kitchen that can be used for community gatherings, events, or emergency feeding.

  • Organizing farmers’ markets or similar events for sales of sustainable produce, proteins, or prepared products to the community.

  • Coordinating cooking, healthy eating, or other food related topic classes for children or adult community members.

  • Facilitating the sharing of farming equipment, labor, or other resources across local farms.

What We Fund:

  • Infrastructure, farm equipment, water collection or irrigation systems, and similar.

  • Purchase and/or construction of green houses, storage sheds, cool storage facilities, chicken coops and similar farm infrastructure.

  • Seeds, saplings/trees, plant plugs, and similar.

  • Conservation, cold-storage, or distributor equipment.

What We Don’t Fund:

  • Solar power: panels, related items, and installation, though we will work with our partner grantees to help them connect with providers of solar solutions

  • Labor costs (payroll) or general operating expenses like utilities.

How We Fund:

  • Plow to Plates operates in two funding cycles per year. In cases of emergencies and special opportunities, we may issue special invitations to apply.