The Floyd Grown project is helping small agriculture, food and forestry-related business ventures grow and achieve greater sales, income and job-creation. The project is focused on providing information and technical assistance and strategically identifying opportunities to collaborate and promote these Floyd County businesses. There are 90 farmers and other entrepreneurs who are participating in the project. More than 50 attended a free Farming and Forestry Technical Assistance and Grants workshop in March, and another 25 attended a local grant assistance and food regulatory guidance workshop in April. From these participants, 10 were chosen to receive one-on-one technical assistance, varying from marketing, messaging and logo enhancement, to website and SEO assistance, to accounting and legal guidance, etc. The project is also awarding up to $8,000 in cash prizes to help enhance a business’s value chain.
This project is a joint effort of County Economic Development and Tourism Offices, the Town, the Floyd County Economic Development Authority (EDA), the Chamber, Cooperative Extension as well as funding partners the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) program, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Agriculture and Forestry Industry Development (AFID) grant and the Floyd County Board of Supervisors. For more information, visit: https://yesfloydva.org/floydgrown/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.