Austin Food & Wine Alliance issues $30,000 in grants

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Since 2012, the New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farm has offered farmer education programs. This year, the nonprofit received the top grant of $10,000 from the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Photo from New Farm Institute.

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance handed out $30,000 in grants tonight at an event at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center to five local food businesses and nonprofits.

Since 2012, the New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farm has offered farmer education programs. This year, the nonprofit received the top grant of $10,000 from the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Photo from New Farm Institute.

Since 2012, the New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farm has offered farmer education programs. This year, the nonprofit received the top grant of $10,000 from the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Photo from New Farm Institute.

This is the third year for the grant program, which is funded both by the Austin Food & Wine Festival and by independent events Wine & Swine and Live Fire that are hosted by AFWA .

This year’s winners were the New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, which received the top grant for $10,000 to create a volunteer program that will help teach farming skills to both culinary students and underserved populations.

A new effort from the owners of Springdale Farm called the Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture received $7,500 to partner with local chefs to plant test plots of heirloom crops not previously grown in Central Texas.

Receiving $5,000 each were the Fresh Chefs Society, a nonprofit that provides hands-on cooking lessons for youth, and the Growers Alliance of Central Texas, a cooperative of Central Texas farmers that has established a Medical Relief Fund for farmers and ranchers.

A small local Indian food business called Anjore received $2,500 to help owner Deepa Shridhar expand her business to include a pop-up restaurant at local farmers’ markets.

The alliance, which also acknowledged Delysia Chocolatier with a honorable mention, has now awarded $75,000 in grants to Central Texas food companies and nonprofits.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/114042209″>AFWA – Culinary Grant Program</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/placeslost”>Paul Toohey</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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