|Participatory Investment Dinner will Fund High Country Farmer and Food Producer Projects|
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|Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:21|
Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (S.E.A.M.) announces their first participatory investment dinner on November 10, 2013 at CoBo Sushi Bistro & Bar at 6:30PM. Join a local food dinner where community members direct funding by voting on emerging farmer and food producer projects. Partners for the dinner include Appalachian State University’s Power Shift team, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, CoBo Sushi Bar & Bistro, and High Country Local First.
This unique dinner will foster relationships between community members and emerging High Country farmers and food producers in need of funds. Following presentations by three selected applicants, community attendees will vote on allocation of total remaining proceeds from the dinner to each of the proposals. Any project idea may be submitted, from infrastructure improvements to conferences, which will help applicants develop and grow as food producers.
“We hope S.E.A.M. will ignite conversations about innovative projects in our community, ” said Dave Walker, S.E.A.M. organizer and Appalachian Studies graduate student at Appalachian State University, adding “What makes this event unique and powerful is that it forms connections between neighbors who have a monetary and personal investment in seeing each one another do well.”
A challenge to the traditional funding model, participatory investment empowers community members to “vote with their dollar” on local projects. This process cultivates relationships between community members and local entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity for direct involvement in the funding process.
The local food, family-style dinner costs is $30 and proceeds from the dinner ticket will partially fund the dinner’s cost and the remaining funds will be split between the three selected proposals (less than $1000 each). All three projects will receive awards, but with varying levels of investment. S.E.A.M. will be accepting 500 word proposals from emerging High Country farmers and food producers until October 24th. To submit an idea or buy a ticket to the dinner, please visit www.seamnc.org.
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