Non-Profit Supports Small Family Farms
Small independent family farms are critical to agricultural and economic diversity yet they are endangered, operating precariously at the mercy of the weather, market forces, land speculation, and regulation. One of the biggest hurdles faced by small farmers is access to capital. The FruitGuys Community Fund was created in 2012 to support farmers as both entrepreneurs and environmental stewards by providing grants for sustainability and food access projects.
The FruitGuys Community Fund, a nonprofit, fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, an organization that provides administrative and financial support to new nonprofits, was inspired by the work of The FruitGuys former Farm Steward Program. In the Community Fund’s first year of operation, nearly $20,000 in grants was given to five farms and agricultural nonprofits in California and Pennsylvania. Next year we hope to double the number of farms supported.
Small family farms need our help to improve their environmental and economic sustainability. Please support The FruitGuys Community Fund’s efforts to fund projects that help preserve America’s family farms.
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The 2013 Grantees
- New Family Farm in Sebastopol, CA, received a grant to purchase a new manure spreader, to more efficiently fertilize the soil.
- Red Heart Ranch in Finley, CA, received a grant to install solar-powered irrigation and build a hoop house.
- Snipes Family Farm & Education Center in Morrisville, PA, received a grant to purchase fencing to add livestock onto their farm, helping to diversify the farm’s income and holdings.
SAGE Ag-Park in Sunol, CA, received a grant for plantings that attract and support pollinator insects to its seven small supported farms and community garden plots.
- Two Gander Farm in Downingtown, PA, received a grant to expand their high tunnel, which will extend their growing season.
Questions? Contact The FruitGuys Community Fund for more information.