Farm Fund gives more than $15K to local farms, food projects

The Community Food Co-op announced it is allocating $15,431 to 12 local farms and food and farming projects through its Farm Fund.

The amount is the largest grant allocation in the Farm Fund’s 11-year history, according to the Co-op.

Recipients of the money are: Uprising Seeds, Sage and Sky Farm, Bow Hill Blueberries, Bellingham Food Bank, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Ferndale Public Market, WSU–Whatcom County Extension, Backyard Beans and Grains Project, Whatcom Food Network, Local Food Works, York Neighborhood Association and Growing Veterans.

Through donations by the Community Food Co-op, its shoppers and other local organizations, the Farm Fund supports projects that build the market for local farms, encourage ecological and socially responsible stewardship of farmland and increase community access to healthy, local food, according to the Co-op. The Farm Fund also provides a revolving loan fund for local farmers, supported with grants from the Sustainable Whatcom Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation.

For more information, visit the Co-op’s website at www.communityfood.coop (click on the Farm Fund icon on the left), or contact Jean Rogers at the Community Food Co-op at jeanr@communityfood.coop or 360-734-8158, Ext. 217.

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