Mill City Farmers Market is committed to the success and sustainability of its vendors. The Farmer Grant Program began as effort by the market to support our vendors in times of hardship and crop loss or to support farm improvement projects. This program embodies our commitment to building a healthy, local, sustainable, and organic food economy. The grant fund was created through the generosity of our market community. We are honored to be able to offer these grants to our vendors.
The Organic Field Project Grant is designed to provide funding to vendors who are working on improving their sustainable farming practices. It includes but is not limited to funding organic certification, infrastructure enhancements, season extension projects, product expansion, and improved sustainability of farming practices and soil management.
The Farmer In Need Grant is designed to support farmers in time of hardship or crop loss. The livelihood of a farm can be venerable to an array of unpredictable causes for hardship or loss. While these risks are inherent to farming, this grant is intended to provide support to vendors who experience extreme hardship.
The Organic Field Project Grants are reviewed and awarded annually in the spring of each year to affect the coming growing season. The Farmer in Need Grants are reviewed and awarded on an ongoing basis. Grant awards of $500 and up to $2000 will be considered with the final award amount based on need and availability of funds.
MCFM is committed to the education of its’ community. Therefore, awardees are required to share highlights of their projects, learning’s and successes to build awareness and educate our broader community. Project details from each year are also listed below.