The FarmWorks Investment Co-operative wants to hear from Valley producers with ideas.
There are 15 Gentle Dragons events planned across the province that will provide an opportunity for producers to pitch business concepts next month.
On Feb. 10, the Gentle Dragons will be at the Irving Centre Auditorium in Wolfville at 7 p.m. Then, on Feb. 11, they’ll be at Meander River Farm in Ashdale, Hants County at 7 p.m. and at a venue yet to be determined on Feb. 17, in Berwick.
The panel is made up of representatives from agriculture and business development. Those who attend can ask questions, make suggestions and become involved.
All participants gain feedback on their ideas and eligible participants may receive funding. The Gentle Dragon sessions began not long after the co-op formed in 2011.
Organizer Linda Best of Greenwich said the sessions have proven to be a terrific way for FarmWorks to evaluate potential clients’ proposals and provide encouragement and feedback to entrepreneurs developing local food products.
Best is secretary and a founding member of FarmWorks. She also chairs the Friends of Agriculture in Nova Scotia and is a member of the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council. Before retiring, she was a medical microbiologist.
FarmWorks promotes increased food production and distribution in Nova Scotia by investing strategically in agricultural and food enterprises. It has raised $449,500 from Nova Scotians, which has been invested in 21 food businesses.
Anyone interested in attending the event to pitch or simply watch can contact Best at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 542-3442.