Slow Food Sonoma County North is offering a grant of $500 to a local farmer or rancher in Sonoma County who meets the eligibility criteria below. 2017-18 grant applications are due by July 15, 2017.
The grant recipient may also apply for an additional $500 as an interest-free loan to be repaid within 2 years of the grant award date.
This grant was established in honor of Marcia and Al Silver, supporters of Slow Food, farmers markets, and growers of all ages. It is an annual financial award for a farmer or rancher in Sonoma County, used to assist him or her in building a successful business. The grant may be used for education/conferences, farm equipment, farm infrastructure, or farm marketing services. Each grant recipient is given a one-year membership to Slow Food USA.
The applicant must:
• be actively farming/ranching in Sonoma County, or seeking to begin a career in Sonoma County farming/ranching with demonstrated history of preparing for such a career (e.g., internship, apprenticeship, farm labor);
• attend Slow Food Sonoma County North’s annual chapter meeting as a featured presenter of what he/she accomplished with the grant;
• participate in appropriate chapter events whenever possible (perhaps hosting a visit to his/her ranch/farm);
• submit a brief final report describing how the Slow Food grant helped in meeting his/her goals.
Examples of Needs*
• Education/Conferences (e.g., The Farm Academy; Ranching for Profit; Grange Farm School; Ecological Farming Conference; California Small Farms Conference)
• Farm/Ranch equipment
• Farm infrastructure (e.g., fencing, irrigation)
• Farm marketing services (e.g., website development, brochures)
*All needs will be considered.
Benefits to Slow Food Grant Recipients
• You will be highlighted at our annual chapter meeting;
• You may participate in all Slow Food events, including farm and producer tours and farm policy discussions;
• You may offer Slow Food members a tour of your farm or ranch;
• You will have the opportunity to meet and network with others who believe in “good, clean, fair” food.
• You will have the chance to educate members about all aspects of starting and/or operating a sustainable farm or ranch.
The application must be completed and returned no later than July 15, 2017.
Applicants who meet the requirements of the written application will be invited to an interview scheduled between July 16 and August 14, 2017.
The grant start date is September 1, 2017.
Beginning Farmer Leader: Lisa Hunter