The 2012 Femivore Award will be granted to a woman who is creating change in the local food community. This award will recognize and encourage those women in DC who are catalysts for changing the local food movement as farmers, mothers, businesswomen, chefs, non-profit leaders and activists.
Three Femivore finalists will be chosen to present their project during the event in the categories of GROW, NOURISH and INSPIRE. The audience will select one winner based on the most promising and inspiring project presented at the event.
The winner will receive a $1,000 grant to put toward her local food initiative. All three finalists will receive a 1 year Business 3.0 membership to Think Local First DC (a $500 value) and a 2 hour business consultation from Operation:Eatery. Each finalist will be recognized on the special RIS Eat Local First Week menu served all week long.
Criteria for the Applicants:
The project must be initiated and led by a woman; as well as be based and carried out in the DC. Projects should make best efforts to source locally when possible. The project can either be a new initiative that does not currently exist or a plan to invigorate an already existing project. The project must fall within one of the following three categories.
GROW – Women starting a project aimed at producing food locally within the sustainable agriculture format. This can be either large or small scale food production and includes fruits, vegetables, and/or animals.
NOURISH – Women wanting to start a business that feeds others local foods by either cooking local food, supplying local food/products or making value-added products. This could include a bakery, wholesale baked goods, neighborhood groceries or canning, pickling, cheese making, etc.
INSPIRE – Women with a project that gives back to the local community through local food. This could include, but isn’t limited to educational projects, art-based projects, soup kitchens or food banks.
The application can be found here and must be submitted by June 20.