The recipient of the 2017 P6 Microloan is Deep Rooted, a local P6 farm! Owners Tiffany Cade and Jimmy Fackert operate a certified organic greenhouse outside of Westby. Deep Rooted is our primary supplier of local certified organic tomatoes May-October each year. In 2016, we purchased $18,775 of produce from them.
Deep Rooted is receiving a one-year no-interest loan of $3,500 to build a walk-in cooler at their farm. By adding a cooler to their operation, they plan to expand their certified organic production to include a wide variety of greens, vegetables, cut flowers, and increase quality and shelf life of their produce.
VFC is committed to supporting local, organic and P6 farmers and producers. Thus, the VFC Microlending Committee was excited to support Deep Rooted’s cooler project, which helps a local P6 Producer grow their business while increasing access to local, organic produce for VFC’s customers.
Congrats to Tiffany and Jimmy of Deep Rooted! We look forward to receiving even more local organic products from you soon.