Food To Bank On project open to first-time farmers

Sustainable Connections is seeking up to three new participants in the 2013 “Food To Bank On” project, a business-training program for beginning farmers.

Thirty-five farmers have participated in the three-year program, and 28 farmers are still farming today. Last season, Food To Bank On farms delivered $9,000 worth of produce and meats to local food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and social service agencies.

The project is facilitated by Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program.

“The Food To Bank On farmer support system is essential to my day to day decision making,” said Mary Liz von Krusenstiern, a CSA vegetable farmer in her second year of the project, in a press release. “I am constantly on the phone with other farmers getting second opinions about everything from fertilizer requirements to how to deal with the stress that comes along with farming. The project, the connections, the resources have all been crucial to the success of my business.”

Applications, which are available online, are due by Nov. 1.

For more information contact Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming outreach coordinator, at

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