I am very excited to share this news. Austin Sea Veggies was chosen as the October recipient of the Awesome Foundation of Austin grantee. The grant money, $1000 to do something awesome, will have a huge impact on the farm and the seaweed community. We will be using the grant to get monitoring devices. These devices will allow us to measure conditions in the water in real time. It will allow us to follow nutrient uptake, water quality, and light and temperature conditions. This will mean better production with less waste. I can be sitting in my house having coffee, turn on my phone and see what is going on with seaweed. The data we gather will help not just our operation but will eventually make it so we can teach other how to grow seaweed and avoid a lot of the hurdles we have faced. This will bring seaweed to the community in a big way. It really is Awesome.
The Awesome Foundation of Austin is the local branch of the international Awesome Foundation group. The trustees of the Foundation contribute their own money to give $1000 grants every month. Please visit their website to learn about past grantees and how to apply for your Awesome project. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.