Sustainable Connections is accepting applications for up to three new participants for its Food to Bank on project.
The project, which is part of Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program, gives beginning farmers business training by connecting them with a variety of business resources. Mentor farmers, workshops, new market opportunities and business planning resources are all part of the curriculum, according to a press release.
In addition to education programs, Food to Bank On participants can receive market-rate payments in exchange for deliveries of fresh food to local food banks and shelters. Whatcom County food banks, soup kitchens, and women’s shelters received more than $74,500 worth of produce since 2003, when the program started.
Forty-five farmers have participated in the three-year program and 80 percent are still farming, according to the release. New farmers in the business grow and raise everything from vegetables to lamb, poultry, eggs, and even beans and grains.
Current program participants include: Roll Organic Farms, Sage and Sky Farm, Vine Maple Acres, Prairie Road Farm, Well Fed Farms, Backyard Beans & Grains Projec, McIntyre Family Farm, Triple Wren Farms and Grateful Bounty Farm.
Current mentor farms include: Cedarville Farm, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Osprey Hill Farm, Rabbit Fields Farm, and Misty Meadows Farm.
Applications for the program are available at Sustainable Connection’s website. They’re due Oct. 15.