February 2, 2020 @ 11:44 AM
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, Grain Train Natural Foods Markets and Oryana Community Co-op have teamed up to offer no-interest loans for farms and food-related businesses in 13 Northwest Michigan counties. Farmers, agribusinesses and food business entrepreneurs are invited to apply for this microloan program. This funding is specifically aimed at enhancing the innovation and diversity of food systems in this region. Ideal candidates will propose an idea that would enhance new efforts for their farm or food business and which would also have broader community and economic impact. Applicants can apply for loans between $500 and $10,000. Loans will have a 0% interest rate and repayment terms are dependent on the...
June 22, 2019 @ 1:41 AM
Organic Seed Alliance has announced the launch of the new Organic Seed Producers Directory. The easy-to-use online tool was created to help connect organic seed producers with seed companies and wholesale seed buyers. Seed producers are invited to create a profile in the new directory so wholesale purchasers can connect with them. Creating a profile helps growers who want businesses to contact them to buy their wholesale quantities of seed, or who want seed companies to contact them to grow wholesale quantities of seed on contract. See https://seedalliance.org/2019/organic-seed-producers-directory-connecting-seed-growers-and-buyers/ for more information.
March 1, 2018 @ 2:47 PM
The organic food company Annie's offers scholarships for regenerative agriculture study. According to their documentation, their program is "open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two or four year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2018/2019 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable and regenerative agriculture. International students may apply if they are attending a U.S. school." For more information, see their website. Deadline for application is March 15.
September 16, 2017 @ 1:23 PM
Following months of consternation by farmers and advocacy groups alike, on Monday, August 28, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finally announced its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). As one of the key organizations central to the creation of VAPG as part of the 2000 Agricultural Risk Protection Act, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has provided annual “farmers’ guides” to help producers navigate the program for the last several years. This week, NSAC released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, which is available for free on NSAC’...
August 21, 2017 @ 12:39 AM
Food, Farm and Garden Funding: 300+ Grants, Scholarships and More in the U.S. and Canada. Offering healthier food and menu options is now the norm, but funding is often the missing key ingredient. With this book you can search among 300+ potential funding sources for community and school gardens, farm markets, value added products, hubs, best practice education and more. Compiled by Pamela Burke, a successful professional grant writer with decades of experience. Bonus sections include information about writing a grant, technical assistance providers, and other fundraising methods. Available from amazon.com, or purchase from the author at $25 each (includes shipping/handling) by sending check payable to Pamela ...
May 25, 2017 @ 5:08 PM
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to offer another round of Michigan Local Food Council Network Seed Grants. Existing and developing Michigan local food or food policy councils are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000, or $6,000 with matching funds. These seed grants provide a source for existing councils to expand their capacity and newly-forming councils to accelerate their development. The grant program also aims to increase connection and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning among councils through participation in the Michigan Local Food Council Network. For complete details, see the request for proposals at http://foodsystems.msu.edu/news/michigan-local-food-council-network-seed-grant-rfp....
April 13, 2017 @ 12:56 AM
The CCOF Foundation gives grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs, to help with tuition and educational expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor's/four-year undergraduate degrees. Up to 33 awards of $2,500 are available. More information here. Application deadline is May 15, 2017.
April 13, 2017 @ 12:14 AM
With SARE's newly revised bulletin How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch, farmers have a new resource available to help them conduct research and improve their practices. The 32-page technical bulletin will introduce you to the purpose and goals of on-farm research and show you how on-farm research works on real farms. If you are exploring on-farm research for the first time and want to get an idea of what is involved, this publication will introduce you to the basic steps. Free download or order a free print copy.
April 13, 2017 @ 12:05 AM
Which U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies have programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diversified farming operations, organic growers, or beginning farmers? What resources are available for small- and mid-sized growers looking to reach expanding regional markets, and where can you find them? For most people, even many farmers and ranchers, the answers to these questions remain elusive. In 2016 the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) partnered with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to produce a one-stop guide to USDA services for family farmers and ranchers. Growing Opportunity: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs is a free resource that is now available online as well as in FSA’s 2,600 ......
December 12, 2016 @ 8:09 PM
With two months of the Federal fiscal year already underway, agricultural grant program deadlines are cropping up quickly, and many are expiring just as fast. In an effort to help farmers and advocates stay up to date with the deadlines and requirements of these Requests For Application (RFA) notices, NSAC has its RFA Roundup blog with details on new and already expired opportunities.