Two Local First Arizona members have been nationally recognized by Slow Money as outstanding leaders in the local food movement and stand to win a cash prize of $50,000. Hayden Flour Mills of Tempe mills organic grains and also farms more than 50 acres of heritage and ancient grains in farms around the state, including Sossaman Farms of Gilbert. Double Check Ranch is a family-owned ranch raising pasture-fed meats out the San Pedro Valley. Both have helped to catapult local foods into the mainstream, being used and featured by top restaurants like FnB and Pane Bianco, among many others, and both sell their products locally at farmer's markets and other local grocers. What do these businesses need to get the cash prize? They need to collect the most votes via Facebook to garner the prize, and they have reached out to get Arizona's support in their quests. Voting closes April 16th, and voters can cast votes daily until the 16th- and every vote counts; Hayden Flour Mills is currently in second place and only 50 votes behind first place. If you support local foods, we encourage you to show some support for our LFA members and help their essential work put Arizona on the food-movement map. To vote, visit the Slow Money Facebook page here or visit the Hayden Flour Mills & Double Check Ranch websites.
Slow Money, a non-profit organization based in Colorado, is dedicated to finding and fostering new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems. Through Slow Money national gatherings, regional events and local activities, more than $24 million has been invested in 190 small food enterprises around the United States over the past two years. They will be awarding the $50,000 prize to the winning entrepreneur at their next gathering in Boulder, Colorado April 29th and 30th. Best of luck to Hayden Flour Mills and Double Check Ranch!