Small, independent, and family-run farms need all the help they can get, as evidenced by the record number of applicants for The FruitGuys Community Fund’s 2016 sustainable agriculture grants: in a 55 percent increase from last year, 110 farms and agricultural nonprofits from across the country detailed sustainability projects aimed at increasing pollinators; conserving soil, water, and energy; and increasing harvests and food access to low-income communities.
In the Community Fund’s first year of operation, we gave nearly $20,000 in grants to five farms and agricultural nonprofits in California and Pennsylvania. Here are some updates on how their projects went.
2013 Grantees: New Family Farm in Sebastopol, CA; Red Heart Ranch in Finley, CA; Snipes Family Farm & Education Center in Morrisville, PA; SAGE Ag-Park in Sunol, CA; Two Gander Farm in Downingtown, PA
The seed packet instructions say, "Store in a cool dry place." How about the North Pole? The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago is one of the world’s largest depositories of our planet's genetic plant record in the form of seeds. There copies of seeds from other seeds banks around the globe are stored for free to help ensure plant diversity for future generations.