Meeting the Winners of the Whole Foods Small Producer Grant Program

The 2015 Whole Foods Grantwinners at Working Solutions on June 30, 2015 Photo by Luke George Photography

The 2015 Whole Foods Grantwinners at Working Solutions on June 30, 2015
Photo by Luke George Photography

Working Solutions was thrilled last week to be joined for a party by 25 of the local producers who are winners of the Whole Foods Small Producer Grant program!  

Whole Foods' Harv Singh Addresses the Grantwinners Photo by Luke George Photography

Whole Foods' Harv Singh Addresses the Grantwinners
Photo by Luke George Photography

Kimberli of Fairyella Ice Pops receives her grant check from Working Solutions' Laura Hoover Photo by Luke George Photography

Kimberli of Fairyella Ice Pops receives her grant check from Working Solutions' Laura Hoover
Photo by Luke George Photography

The grant winners traveled from as far as Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and Tracy to meet one another, share resources, and learn about Working Solutions' services for small businesses. We were also thrilled to host Harv Singh, Whole Foods' Local Forager in Northern California, who spoke about his hopes for the future growth of the program.

For the grantwinners, the small grants of about $5,500 each can represent significant steps forward for their businesses: many planned to use the funds to gain important certifications like non-GMO, gluten-free, and organic, that will increase the marketability of their products. Others planned to invest in new equipment to scale up their production. 

Learn more about the 2015 grant program and current and past winners here