Farm Fund Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
Application period closed January 24, 2014. 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.
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.
The Farm Fund works to increase the supply of local, sustainable, and organic food by supporting and establishing projects that benefit 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. In 2010 the Sustainable Whatcom Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation matched Co-op and shopper donations with a $12,000 grant which was used to establish a low-interest, revolving loan fund for local farmers. Recently the Sustainable Whatcom Fund awarded a second grant of $10,000 to increase the loan fund’s ability to help farms with the challenge of covering spring start up costs. See the History of the Farm Fund for details on its successful completed projects.