We are proud to announce the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund; a new grant opportunity for local farmers through a partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District.
When we ask farmers in our area what some of their biggest barriers to growth and profitability are, the reply “infrastructure” is usually just before or after “reliable seasonal labor” and “the weather.” While it is not within our scope of operation to help with the latter two, we hope to address the investment needed to grow efficient and reliable production for farms that can’t always meet all their infrastructural needs through the current financial system.
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 our co-op’s End’s Statements, and the Cheshire County Conservation District’s focus on supporting the viability of farm businesses and the stewardship of natural resources that farmers provide.
Manning Hill Farm will install a large energy efficient cooler in order to increase the storage capacity of grass-fed milk they collect and distribute. Flying Cloud Dairy will install a freeze-free water system which more efficiently gets water to cows allowing them to increase production and offerings of their organic, raw milk dairy products. Archway Farm will build a walk-in freezer to store their own pasture-raised pork products, but also to provide freezer space for other local producers to utilize at a reasonable cost.
Apply for a Grant
2018 Grant Cycle Request for Proposals will be available in December, 2017.
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.
Make a Donation to the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund
Tax deductible donations to this fund can be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District by using the button below and writing “Farm Fund” under “Add Special Instructions”, or by making a check payable to “Cheshire County Conservation District” and write “MFC Farm Fund” as a note. Mail your check to:
11 Industrial Park Dr.
Walpole, NH 03608
For more information or to apply for a grant email Amanda Littleton or call at 603-756-2988 ext 116.