WESTFORD — Want to help a local business? Fat Moon Farm is hosting a fundraiser to purchase a refrigerated delivery van.
Elizabeth Almeida, Head Farmer of Fat Moon Farm, is eligible for a $40,000 grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s Biz-M-Power program. The program is a matching grant program that provides funding to small businesses and financial assistance with capital projects such as improvements to a facility or the purchase of new equipment.
The program requires a crowdfunded campaign, where Almeida must raise an additional $20,000 by Oct. 30.
“A refrigerated delivery van has been the dream for a few years now,” Almeida said in a press release. “We have expanded our growing capacity and hired more team members. This is the next exciting step for our farm.”
A new van would allow Fat Moon Farm to expand its delivery route of its organic mushrooms.
A fundraising event will be hosted at Evviva Trattoria in Cornerstone Square from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. Almeida will serve mushroom pizza from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 10% of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales from the event will be donated to Fat Moon Farm.
Donations can also be made online. Almeida has raised approximately $8,000 at the time of reporting. She notes that if she does not meet her goal, she will no longer be eligible for the grant and crowdfunded donations will be refunded to donors.