WAPOLE, N.H. — The Cheshire County Conservation District is proud to announce the third year of the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund; a grant opportunity for local farmers through a partnership with the Monadnock Food Co-op.
The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund’s mission is to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy. The Cheshire County Conservation District supports the viability of farm businesses and the stewardship of natural resources that farmers provide. This grant supports several of the co-op’s goals, including a healthy, sustainable food system, the support of local farmers and producers and a strong, sustainable and improving local economy.
There will be $18,000 available for the 2019 grant cycle. Farm Fund Applications are due no later than February 1, 2019. Funds can be used for a range of needs including the purchase of equipment or infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include farms in Cheshire County and abutting NH towns who would like to develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including the Monadnock Food Co-op and Monadnock Menus.
“This grant fund and partnership with Conservation District allows us to provide much-needed capital for our local farm and food economy, creating an increase in the quantity of food that can be produced and consumed locally. We couldn’t be happier to offer this grant fund to farmers who want to increase wholesale production.” Said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager.
Tax deductible donations to this fund can be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District. Or, choose to Round Up your purchases to the next dollar or $5 at the Monadnock Food Co-op in January & February. Look out for additional Round Up months for the Farm Fund throughout the spring and into summer.
For more information on eligibility, to apply for a grant, or make a donation to the fund, please visit http://www.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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