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In 2015, the City of Elgin received a grant from the USDA to pilot local food processing as a viable driver of our local food economy.  We called the pilot the ELF: Elgin Local Food Center.  The $95,000 grant, completed in 2017, paid for technical assistance to help farmers test new products, from sauerkraut to pickled zucchini. We tested 10 products, running a cost analysis on each.  We also met many food entrepreneurs interested in starting their new food business in Elgin!  The ELF is indeed a viable way to create quality jobs in Elgin and provide new markets for farmers in central Texas.

 

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Episode 2.2: “Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver” The Texas Center for Local Food is featured in the latest episode of Access, the Federal Reserve’s podcast on community development topics. Each episode asks community members and organizations across the U.S. about programs that help provide access to opportunity for underserved individuals […]