Congratulations to Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund’s 2021 Next Stage Grant awardees!
The Next Stage Grant program provides funding to local, regenerative farmers and other food makers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the “next stage” of their businesses.
In 2021 we awarded 15 grants totaling $73,415 to support local farmers and other vendors at farmers markets throughout the region. Read more about this year’s grantees and projects below.
The Next Stage Grant program is funded solely through community support. Your donation directly supports local farmers in researching, testing and implementing sustainable farming practices, provides help in times of extreme hardship and makes a lasting community and environmental impact. Support the Next Stage Grant program by making a donation today.
2021 Next Stage Grant Awardees:
- Vegetable market farm in Rosemont, MN
- Grant awarded to purchase a tractor for mechanical cultivation on their 9-acre farm. The tractor will improve efficiencies and greatly reduce labor required to prep fields for planting.
- Certified organic vegetable CSA and market farm in Milaca, MN
- Reasearching seed production techniques to diversify farm products and provide more regionally specific seed with grant award.
- Certified organic vegetable market farm in Cambridge, MN
- Grant awarded to purchase a tractor for mechanical cultivation on their 15-acre farm. The tractor will support the farm’s work cover cropping fields for soil health.
- Certified organic vegetable market farm in Zumbro Falls, MN
- With the grant award, the farm will construct an innovative “fieldhouse greenhouse” for tomatoes and other high-value crop season extension. The greenhouse will be heated through sunlight and thermal energy captured in rock.
- Vegetable market farm in Ogilvie, MN
- Drilling well on new farm land for crop irrigation with grant award
Hang Family Farm
- Vegetable market farm in Hastings, MN
- Grant awarded to plant an orchard at the Hmong American Farmers Association farm to demonstrate perennial fruit farming techniques for emerging farmers and to create a U-Pick orchard where BIPOC customers will feel welcome.
Karbin Based Farm & Market
- Twin Cities based vegetable growing and value-added product enterprise rooted in principles of environmental justice, food security, and sovereignty
- Grant awarded to support the scaling up of the farm with tools and equipment for improved efficiencies at their new growing plot in Carver, MN.
- Certified organic vegetable market farm in Oak Grove, MN
- Grant awarded to help fund a mobile chicken coop to improve soil health and increase farm profitability with organic egg production.
- Certified organic vegetable CSA and market farm in Hugo, Marine on St. Croix and Stillwater in Minnesota.
- Grant awarded to build a fence around newly aquired farm land to prevent deer damage to vegetable crops.
- Vegetable market farm in Maple Plain, MN
- Constructing a heated greenhouse for season extension and increased tomato production with grant award.
- Diverse vegetable and livestock CSA and market farm in Hager City, WI
- Granted awarded to purchase milk bottling equipment to diversify products of the farm with fresh cows’ milk
- Flower CSA and market farm in Milaca, MN
- Grant awarded to purchase equipment that will improve efficiencies in field preparation, planting methods, and
weed management reducing labor and work time.
- Certified organic diverse fruit, vegetable and livestock market farm and U-Pick orchard in River Falls, WI
- Investing in perennial plantings for pasture soil health with the grant award
- Sheep dairy and cheese producers in Nerstrand, MN
- Granted awarded to purchase milk bottling equipment to diversify products of the farm with fresh sheeps’ milk
- Certified organic vegetable market farm in Maplewood, MN
- Grant awarded to purchase a plastic mulch lifter and winder to ease the labor involved in this form of organic weed and moisture control
Next Stage Grant applications are open January to early March and are awarded in April each year. The grant program is sustained through the generosity of the market community. We are honored to be stewards of this program.