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Providence, Rhode Island (February 5, 2018) – 14 Rhode Island based food businesses are set to begin the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Food Accelerator program on February 15, 2018. The Accelerator, SEG’s signature social enterprise development program, includes a 12-week blended learning model developed and delivered in collaboration with Brown University. Throughout the three months, each of the food businesses will work to refine, formalize and grow their social mission with the support of SEG’s community of coaches and advisors. Additional value is provided by industry-customized curriculum and advising, a peer-learning cohort model and access to SEG’s co-working space at 10 Davol Square, Providence.
Meet the 2018 Food Accelerator Cohort:
Coffee Collective is a workers’ co-op that will create a café and community space serving the Woonasquatucket neighborhood.
Earthly collects and processes food waste into high market-value compost by feeding it to a certain species of worms. This form of compost has no foul odor, is all-natural, eco-friendly and can help grow a wide variety of crops.
Foodies Without Borders is a non profit focusing on empowering young entrepreneurs in developing countries through culinary arts and sustainable farming..
Fortnight Wine Bar is a casual and experimental wine bar in downtown Providence focused on naturally and biodynamically produced wines, small-batch beers, seasonally-inspired food made from local ingredients. As a workers’ cooperative, they model a new way of organizing business and hope to support other cooperatives that share similar values.
Herb & Forage is a new farm business which is starting the first commercial orchards of beach plum and elderberry in the state of Rhode Island. These native plants will be processed into high quality food products that celebrate locally grown flavors while supporting responsible land stewardship.
Hocus Pocus Farm grows produce and flowers for a CSA while providing education, ecological stewardship, health and community-building.
Hope’s Harvest will mobilize volunteers to feed the hungry and prevent food waste by rescuing surplus fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ fields.
Jeow is a spicy Laotian pepper dip and topping. Through their products and cooking classes for the community, they aim to make Laotian cuisine, and its culture, a familiar standard in America’s food scene.
One World Cacao is a wellness and education platform selling single origin eco forested cacao from Guatemala.
OURgrain produces tasty and nutritious snacks from Brewers’ Spent Grain (BSG) which is typically sent to landfill or fed to livestock. The goal of OURgrain is to provide education on sustainability, and make savory and sweet treats that positively impact the environment.
PVD Dinner Share creates food that fulfills. Their convenient farm-to-table meal preparation service allows members to spend more time on the things they love, and less on preparing food throughout the week. Their commitment to the community extends beyond the kitchen with monthly projects benefiting local causes.
Rustic Roots Baking strives to create locally sourced, delicious desserts made in the tradition of their grandparents. They use quality local ingredients to create real, rustic baked goods.
Sanctuary Herbs of Providence brings to you an extraordinary line of herbs whose essence enhances health, comfort and peace. They source their teas and herbs in partnership with Rhode Island’s refugee and immigrant farmers, with the goal of expanding small, local farm viability.
Three Mouths Tea is a Providence-based company that sources and shares exceptional teas from small family farms in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India and Nepal. Their mission is to cultivate knowledge, culture and community around tea here in Rhode Island while contributing to the preservation of traditional, ancestral tea production methods and the autonomy of the communities from which they emerge.
The purpose of the SEG Food Accelerator is to help create more successful, sustainable ‘do well do good’ food businesses in Rhode Island, leading to a more just and resilient local food system. The 2018 Food Accelerator is funded in part by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and RI Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs RI initiative, and is also made possible by SEG’s network of 200+ volunteer coaches and advisors, many of whom are business and community leaders in Rhode Island. Upon graduation, participants will receive priority access to the SEG loan fund that provides competitive interest rate loans to high potential social enterprises.
The 2018 Food Accelerator culminates with a Demo Day on May 17th, 2018.
About Social Enterprise Greenhouse:
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of 400+ enterprises and 300+ business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and funding to grow Rhode Island’s social impact ecosystem.
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