MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Following a competitive selection process, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Agricultural Preservation Foundation (MFBAPF) selected three farmers to receive grants from the John& Liolia Schipper Grant program. These grants are focused on assisting Massachusetts farmers in becoming more economically viable and sustainable. Additionally, an emphasis was placed on new farmers facing challenges.
“We are able to offer these grants through a generous bequest from the late John and Liolia Schipper,” said Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Mark Amato. “We had 13 excellent applications and unfortunately were only able to choose three finalists. We hope the interest in this program will continue and that the Foundation will continue to offer these grants to deserving farmers.”
Grant recipients include the following:
– Grant Family Farm, an egg producer based in Essex County
– Milkmaid Farm, a meat producer based in Worcester County
– Small Farm, a vegetable farm based in Middlesex County
Applications for the 2020 grant program will be available next fall with a deadline of Nov. 1, 2020. Applicants must be a regular Farm Bureau member in good standing (or be sponsored by a regular member).
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
–Massachusetts Farm Bureau
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