WALPOLE, N.H. — The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund program, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, is now accepting applications from local farmers. Currently, in its fifth year, the fund has supported thirteen farms in the Monadnock Region.
This year, the Farm Fund will award up to $30,000 to help farms in Cheshire County and abutting New Hampshire towns develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including selling to the Monadnock Food Co-op and Food Connects. Farmers may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. Funds can be used to support a range of projects, including the purchase of equipment and infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance.
Interested farmers are invited to apply for the 2021 Farm Fund grant cycle now. The deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2021. A Request for Proposals and the 2020 Application can be found online at https://monadnockfood.coop/
“The Farm Fund empowers local farmers to grow their businesses to help them become more financially sustainable,” said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. “It also helps the co-op broaden its offerings of locally grown, raised, and made foods — that means more local food for you, your family, and our community.”
Tax-deductible donations to this fund can be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District at http://www.
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. This grant supports several of the co-op’s goals, including building a healthy, sustainable food system, supporting local farmers and producers, and contributing to a strong, sustainable, and improving local economy.
For more information on eligibility, to apply for a grant, or to make a donation to the fund, please visit http://cheshireconservation.
About Monadnock Food Co-op
The Monadnock Food Co-op is a community-owned food store offering a diverse selection of local, organic, and natural foods to the Monadnock region. The Co-op is located at 34 Cypress Street in Keene, right off of Main Street via Eagle Court: https://monadnockfood.coop.
About Cheshire Country Conservation District
Cheshire County Conservation District’s mission is to promote the conservation and responsible use of our natural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational resources. Contact Amanda Littleton for more information amanda@cheshireconservation.
–Cheshire Country Conservation District
Monadnock Food Co-op
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