CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Putnam County entrepreneur is the winner of the 2016 Vanguard Agriculture competition sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.
Mandy Curry created Healthy Kids, an easy-to-use, customizable online meal planner that includes recipes, instructional videos and shopping lists of ingredients.
With the help of her husband, a master gardener, Curry is developing a new component that integrates farming technology into the meal planner, offering guidance on what to grow in particular areas, how to grow and care for the plants, when to harvest and how to incorporate homegrown produce into meal plans.
As winner of the West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture competition, Curry will receive a business assistance package valued in excess of $10,000, including product design and development, funding opportunities, business incubator space and other services. She received the award during a ceremony Feb. 26 at the West Virginia Small Farm Conference at the Charleston Civic Center.
The West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition honors innovation and ingenuity in agriculture, recognizing an entrepreneur whose idea has potential to solve logistical challenges in the local food supply chain.
The contest is part of RCBI’s Agricultural Innovations initiative, a focused effort to improve opportunities for West Virginia’s farming and agricultural economy. Funded by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the initiative supports and enhances a vibrant local foods system by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing provides leading-edge equipment, specialized training and staff expertise so entrepreneurs and manufacturers of all sizes can innovate, create jobs and thrive.