In our last episode, we spoke with serial entrepreneur Chris Baggott about Tyner Pond, the AGA-certified farm he runs with his wife Amy, and how it relates to their vertically integrated restaurants. The second part of our conversation focuses on a related but entirely different part of Chris’ business, as well as his views on the future of food distribution.
As I mentioned in the last episode, Chris helped found two technology companies that were sold to Salesforce and Oracle respectively. His experience in tech and his passion for food led him to start ClusterTruck, an algorithmically-driven prepared food delivery company that takes orders exclusively online and times the preparation of different dishes in each order so that everything is ready as soon as a delivery person returns to the kitchen.
The world has changed a lot since we had this conversation, but not so much that it isn’t worth sharing.
AGA’s members are spread out across the country, manage tens to tens of thousands of acres, and structure their businesses many different ways. So you’ve been affected differently by the spread of coronavirus and state and federal responses to it.
Because no single solution fits all of you, we are gathering whatever resources we find here. This post will be updated.
- USDA will accept applications for its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. (List of resources continues below image.)
- This is an exhaustive USDA FAQ.
- Coronavirus-specific guidance from Farmers.gov.
- Apply for an SBA-backed Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
- Not sure what exactly the CARES Act means for small businesses? This will tell you what you need to know in less than 10 full pages of reading. Go here to learn more.
- On March 9, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the availability of $27 million in grant money for direct-to-consumer projects from two sub-programs: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. If you have a go-to-market plan that will help you survive and thrive, apply now. The deadline for both categories has been extended to May 26. Learn more here.
- The premise behind The Good Meat Project is simple – ask for what you need, offer what you have. A great resource populated by like-minded producers. Go here to learn more.
- American Farmland Trust is offering $1,000 grants to qualifying farms and ranches. Go here to learn more.
- Food Animal Concerns Trust is offering $500 grants to eligible farms and ranches. Go here to learn more.
- Farmer’s Legal Action Group has posted its own resource guide.
- Salesforce is offering grants to businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
- Facebook is facilitating online gift card sales. If you sell direct, go here to learn more.
- Facebook is offering grants to small businesses located in or near the following areas:
Polk County, IA
Washington, D.C. metro area
Loudon & Henrico County, VA
Fulton & Newton Counties, GA
Suffolk County, MA
Cook County, IL
Dallas, Tarrant & Travis & Counties, TX
Wayne County, MI
Utah County, UT
Rutherford County, NC
Madison County, AL
Valencia County, NM
Miami-Dade County, FL
Franklin County, OH
Los Angeles metro area
New York City metro area
Sarpy County, NE
Allegheny County, PA
Crook County, OR
San Francisco Bay Area