Urban Homesteaders, LLC



The purpose of this project is to assist Giant Eagle, Inc, and/or Giant Eagle Foundation in establishing innovative methods to build capacity for local food producers to enter retail markets. The primary beneficiary will be the farmers and food entrepreneurs who are currently serving this market, and to lower the barriers for entry for future farmers/entrepreneurs. 1) Produce a document which details the social and economic benefits of a commercial business which subscribes/invests in farms prior to the season 2) Construct web application for a Regional Food Asset Inventory to track the intersection of farm products, and commercial kitchen capacity to stabilize harvests and produce value added products for retail sale. 3) Host an event/discussions with regional food leaders to explore nuances of farm training and educational centers