ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - An orchard in the Shenandoah Valley is looking to improve safety training and their marketing strategies, and they need the community's help!
Turkey Knob Growers is up for a grant that would help them with safety training and marketing.
Turkey Knob Growers in Timberville is up for a local farm grant called "Cultivating Change." Through the grant, the owners would focus on two main topics: safety training and marketing.
Ann Jones, the quality and safety manager for Turkey Knob Growers, said the training resources they have available are limited for fruit. A lot of their seasonal workers are Spanish-speaking, and most of the training is in English. Jones said that the money would go toward making their own safety training videos that would be tailored to their workers.
"If resources aren't already there, then let's go find a way to make it happen, and I mean I think that's what's really refreshing about what we do, because the team has that kind of perspective," said Jones.
The money that would go toward marketing would also go toward making videos, according to office manager Michelle Gabb. She said they would make short informational clips about the business.
Right now, Turkey Knob Growers only has 25 votes to get the grant. They are up against many other companies, some who already have up to 6,000 votes. They are asking for the community's help to win the grant, and hopefully bring awareness to the farm.
You can place your vote here.