Tiffin Asha, the Portland-based, women-owned and operated maker of South Indian-inspired condiments, is the first-ever recipient of the new Equity Transfer Grant from the Non-GMO Project.

Tiffin Asha co-founders Sheila Bommakanti and Elizabeth Golay said the $2,500 will go toward covering the cost of Non-GMO Project annual verification renewal. Their products are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. What started as a food cart is now a restaurant with a product line available nationwide.

Joseph Gallivan is a news and features writer based in Portland, Ore.


“As a reporter, my job has changed a lot in the last five years, but telling readable, entertaining stories remains my goal. I believe: 1. Local news carries as much weight as national news. 2. News should be like a utility. We would complain if our drinking water was brown, our Wi-Fi was spotty, or our electricity kept going out. So, we need to know our news sources are legitimate and factual, rather than being a patchwork of friends’ opinions on social media. 3. And finally, you gets what you pays for.  Also, as a volunteer, I produce and present Art Focus on KBOO radio 90.7 FM as my way of keeping visual arts coverage alive.

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