A $1.25 million Local Food for Schools grant to Missouri from the federal government will flow directly to schools that apply for the opportunity to plan and implement local food purchasing over an 18-month period starting this fall.
Microloans help businesses that are too new, too small or too credit challenged for banks to get going and growing. New Growth Capital will increase microlending in 15 rural Missouri and Kansas counties. Loans are $1,000 to $50,000.
Farm to School project reports taste test success with 330 students in four rural west central Missouri school districts during the 2022-2023 school year.
As Missouri gears up to build new businesses for economic innovation, it must increase on-the-ground small business support in rural Missouri. New Growth guest column July 10, 2023–Springfield Business Journal.
This summer New Growth and photojournalist Clayton Steward are working with the support of the Missouri Humanities Council to produce a set of photo stories that capture a day in the life of 14 rural west central Missouri businesses. The objective is to build awareness of the everyday activity and creativity that is alive and well in rural Missouri.