This project was successfully funded by a loan from Steward Regenerative Capital.
Mountain Farm Community Grocery will sell locally-grown produce and foods to enhance local food security and keep food dollars in the community.
Economic Development Greater East (EDGE) is a volunteer-led nonprofit in McDowell County, West Virginia working to uplift the socio-economic circumstances for one of the poorest communities in the state. EDGE is aiming to open a community grocery store in Kimball, WV--a high-traffic section of Route 52--which has long been in need of greater access to fresh and healthy foods. The new market, Mountain Farm Community Grocery, will sell items grown and produced by local farmers and artisans, enhancing food security for residents, increasing community interest in sustainable agriculture, and bolstering regional economies. Profits from the grocery store will be invested back into the community through enrichment programs including job training, farming classes, and agricultural education to help people learn the skills needed to grow their own food and become more self-sustaining.
EDGE has obtained a USDA Rural Business Development Grant to renovate a building to house Mountain Farm Community Grocery. Funds are expected to be reimbursed by USDA within one month of submitting invoices, and will be used to complete building renovations necessary to open the grocery store to the community.
EDGE increases capacity for sustainable agriculture by supporting the growth of local farmers and food producers through the following:
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