The Community Food Co-op’s Farm Fund works to increase the supply of local, sustainable, and organic food by supporting and establishing projects that strengthen the local farming community. The Fund also works to educate consumers, increase access to local food, and to encourage ecological and socially responsible stewardship of our farmland.
Since 2000 the Co-op has dedicated a portion of its annual donation budget to the Farm Fund. Co-op owners have played a critical role by steadily donating to the Farm Fund at the registers. $22,000 in grant funding from the Sustainable Whatcom Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation was used to establish a low-interest, revolving loan fund for local farmers. In 2013 the Co-op dedicated $50,000 to securing low interest loans for farmers through the Industrial Credit Union (ICU). Individual farms can apply for loans of up to $12,000 through the Farm Fund, or combine Farm Fund and ICU interest rates for larger loan amounts. See the History of the Farm Fund for details on its successful completed projects.
Secured Loan Applications Now Being Accepted
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for the Farm Fund Secured Loan program. Started in 2010, the loan fund is designed for local farms committed to using sustainable practices. Detailed information about the program, applications forms, and contact information are included in the Farm Fund Secured Loan application and the Industrial Credit Union Loan application.
Farm Fund Grants
Application period for 2015 has closed. The Farm Fund grant program is designed to support projects that strengthen local, sustainable agriculture at large in Whatcom County (for single farm projects please look at our secured, low interest loan program below). Skagit County applicants must either supply Whatcom County or serve Whatcom County farms as part of their program. Detailed information about the program, application, and contact information are included in the Farm Fund Grant application.