Bellingham, WA—Scratch and Peck Feeds has been selected as one of the 2015 recipients of a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant from Chase. Awarded to 20 small businesses from among a record 35,000 applicants throughout the United States, Scratch and Peck Feeds is the first Mission Main Street Grant recipient located in Washington State since the program began in 2012.
“When I received the call that we had won this amazing grant I was both shocked and tremendously pleased; not only for us but for the very important movement of which we are a part,” said Diana Ambauen-Meade, owner and founder of Scratch and Peck Feeds. “To know where our food comes from, to be a part of and have control over how we eat and feed our families – I am so very pleased that Chase sees the value too.”
A family owned company founded in 2010, Scratch and Peck Feeds was the first feed mill in North America to become both Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. The grant funding will be used to purchase new machinery that will increase efficiency and productivity, while decreasing turnaround time in an effort to better assist a growing customer base.
“Looking back to where we started in my own backyard to where Scratch and Peck is today, I must say that seeing my dream come to life has been an awe-inspiring experience,” said Ambauen-Meade. “When I started this company, I did it for the very same reasons that our customers buy our feeds today. We will be forever grateful for our family and friends and for the incredible support we have received from customers who are as passionate about chickens and homegrown food as we are!”
Scratch and Peck Feeds specializes in producing high quality soy free and whole grain feeds for poultry including chickens, ducks and turkeys, along with feeds for pigs and goats. By buying grains direct from regional farms, their sustainable business practices support local agriculture, the community and the environment.