Total loan: $9,975
Ithaca, NY, United States / Food
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A loan helped increase our capacity for local fruit and vegetable processing/preserving, as well as hiring and training new employees.
Silas studied Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University before beginning a career in local food systems work in 2006, spending time working "on the ground" in diverse positions throughout community-based food systems: from professional kitchen management for local foods restaurants to distribution logistics and driving truck to managing organic vegetable production. In 2011, he and founding partners Johanna and Jesse Brown started the Crooked Carrot, a local foods processing business based in Ithaca, NY using traditional preservation methods such as fermentation and sourcing 100% of its fresh ingredients from local, ecologically-minded farms. Silas is most energized by problem-solving in the food system, constantly looking for products, enterprises, businesses, and educational opportunities that empower more people in relocalized, more self-reliant community-scale food systems. In the past, Crooked Carrot has focused largely on food system problems relating to organic food production and distribution. With new partnerships with other local organizations, Silas is very excited and honored to have the opportunity to work on other food system issues such food access and diversifying ownership of food production.