MENDOCINO CO., 9/16/18 — The Good Farm Fund, which provides grants to assist small farms in Mendocino and Lake counties, is now accepting applications for the organization's latest round of grants. The non-profit will be offering a total of $40,000 to selected farms to help local farmers make improvements to their farming operations. The Good Farm Fund grants are focused on strengthening local food security, and increasing the availability of locally-grown produce throughout our communities.
The grants will provide direct assistance to local farmers to fund specific projects, and the application process will be open until October 15. The projects most likely to be funded will "demonstrate environmentally beneficial practices, maximize food production for local consumption, and provide affordable food for all people in the community." More information about the grant program, including the applications, can be found on this webpage. The winning applications are selected by a committee of local farmers and former grant recipients.
The Good Farm Fund also offers a grant for farmers impacted by the fires through their Emergency Fire Relief Fund; you can get more information here.
The annual Good Farm Fund grant process is supported through a variety of food-focused events around the county that help showcase our local food producers and give members of the public a chance to enjoy farm-to-table banquets prepared by local chefs, including the upcoming Homebrew Festival and the annual Winter Feast. The grants are also supported by the organization's partners, Ukiah Natural Foods, Adventist Health, and Frey Vineyard.