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APPLICANT

Sprouting Farms Corp

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION

Sprouting Farms Corp
Talcott, Summers County, West Virginia 24981
757-749-2683
Email
www

County (ARC Region) Summers
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


ORGANIZATIONAL & FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Q1. Mission:

Sprouting Farms seeks to develop new and existing farm businesses and increase local food production in Central Appalachia by laying the groundwork for sustainable farm businesses. ​

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

  1. We train beginning/aspiring farmers to help them start their sustainable farm businesses.
  2. Education and skill development to our beginning farmers and also through community workshops around food production, seasonal food preparation, sustainable food system development, etc
  3. Appalachia has an agricultural heritage, and we are working to retain and re-enliven that heritage and knowledge within this region through our farmer training program and regional food hub development.
  4. We collaborate with universities and high schools to host middle through college-age students for experiential learning on our production farm, FDA processing facility, and across the Turnrow food hub network.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 16/2 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 11/5 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $1876005/$1787955

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $648307 / $694381

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $1876005 / $1787955

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($92692.50)
Received From: PPP and EIDL Advance – My board did not approve taking the EID Loan though the application is on hold, and we are discussing it as an option still   Date Received: 4/23/20 4/27/20
For What Purpose(s): Payroll and operational expenses. We continued to operate (and at a higher tempo) to meet community food needs, but we could not do much of the grant funded project work planned for spring and summer 2020 due to CoVid.

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

At the Sprouting Farms education and production farm, we had to delay our 2020 beginning farmer apprentice cohort. we were forced to cancel community events which are focused on connecting our local community to the local food system work we are doing in Central Appalachia – seasonal cooking classes, garden planning, farm volunteer days, etc. Many of our ARC POWER projects were delayed including site build outs on two new education and production farms due to public and staff safety concerns. Our food hub, Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective, experienced a surge in new retail and wholesale customers and food access demands across the state. We had to increase the operational tempo with very little unrestricted funding to meet these immediate community needs. We shuffled around staff from other divisions to help support this increased demand and made multiple adjustments within our Sprouting Farms Corp management of Turnrow as well as with other Turnrow partners.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Staff health safety – They are continuing to operate to meet community food needs but are in contact with multiple people on a weekly basis and at risk of becoming exposed to the Coronavirus
Continuing to financially support increased operational needs while also planning for long term sustainability
Fundraising

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

We are a young nonprofit. And while we have had great success in our mission since inception in 2016, we have a lot of work to develop a long term sustainability plan. I hope that this program can help us in our efforts for long term financial management planning and fundraising so that we can continue to do this needed work as long as necessary.


COHORT INSTRUCTION

Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


APPLICATION SUBMITED BY:

Name: April Koenig, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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