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Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Due Jan. 31
Minnesota Ag Connection - 01/17/2020

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) is a grant program dedicated to making an impact on local farming and organic food by furthering the development and sustainability of farms in the region. Supporting local and organic farms is key to its mission. Organic farms and producers are part of our ongoing effort to build a local food system that values the financial health of smaller scale agriculture, soil health, environmental responsibility, and the desires of our owners for high quality, organic food.

The goal of LOFF is to support local farmers in a variety of ways, such as:

- improvement to packing sheds and other facilities

- purchase of equipment and tools

- financial support for the process of organic transition

- purchases that increase farm productivity or efficiency

- projects that improve soil health

- other projects that benefit the farm

LOFF gives preference to farmers located in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin.

Funding is available for the following types of project proposals:

- Organic certification

- Transitioning a conventional farm to organic

- Any type of project that helps a farm scale its offerings

- Any type of project that helps a farm improve efficiency or effectiveness

The deadline for application is Jan. 31. You may start an application and return to it later if you're not able to complete it all at once, but the final application must be submitted by the deadline date.

If a project is funded, applicants will be notified and funds awarded by mid-March. Awarded funds will be paid out in full at the time of announcement. If a project or grant contains any special conditions, no monies are disbursed until those conditions have been met.

For more information and an application, go to www.lakewinds.coop/loff-grant-information/.


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