Your contributions make a huge difference. Wanna see how they help? Use the dropdown menu below to find information on all farmers the foundation has funded recently. In each section you’ll find the names and locations of the farms, along with links to their websites where you can learn much more, like how and where to buy their products. We encourage you to seek out these farmers and support them throughout the year. It’s a win-win situation.
Cattail Organics, Athens Wisc.
Project: Covering costs for a combination farm tool (stone burier, conservation tiller and bed maker) designed to reduce tillage, minimize environmental impacts on soil, increase capacity for growing cover crops and increase profit and productivity.
Cow Creek Farm, Paxton, Ill.
Project: Purchase of a mobile seed cleaning unit for community use, allowing farmers to save more of their own seeds, sell higher value crops and move toward direct marketing of their grain.
Craig Farm Katahdins
Project: Purchase of a fully functioning sheep working system to assist with husbandry and transport between home and leased pastures, and to update fencing throughout the farm including building fence-line feeders for clean and efficient winter feeding
Grounded Earth Farm
Crown Point, Ind.
Project: Construction of a year-round propagation house to expand our ability to serve the community, increase production capacity, expand to wholesale and further diversify our crops
Three Sisters Community Farm
Project: Purchase of a high-pressure rinse conveyor used to wash and sanitize both produce and plastic crates & purchase of an electric hydraulic stacking machine used to lift and convey pallet loads of produce onto and off vehicles and into coolers
Field & Farm
Project: Build a mobile coop, purchase an egg washing machine, plant a one-acre orchard composed of apple, cherry, pear and plum trees, and buy a covered shelter with a wash station to efficiently wash and pack produce/eggs in the summer, and store equipment and hay in the winter
Three Brothers Farm
Project: Expand the availability of our organically managed pasture-raised eggs by increasing winter housing for our hens and updating our egg processing facilities to accommodate increasing volume of eggs
LotFotL Community Farm
Project: Enhancing financial stability to the entirety of our operation, which includes the management of 80 acres of commodity crops, hay, prairie seed crops, and livestock
Project: Purchase of containers, organic soil and tools to build the “Sunny Patch Community Micro-Farm,” an offshoot of their community garden project, geared toward those with special needs and young adults.
Project: Installation of solar panels to power and heat an urban farm, with the goal of going off the power grid completely and making Endless Greens a truly sustainable farm.
Project: Restoration of a dilapidated hog barn, which will help the piglet survival rate and expand the availability of endangered Large Black hogs and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.
Project: Chicken housing for winter and a new egg washing machine capable of washing 1000 eggs in an hour, rather than the 120 eggs per hour done by hand. Together, the projects are expected to enable the expansion of the farm’s flock of laying hens from 750 to 5000 birds.
Midnight Sun Farm
Project: Purchase of specialized farm equipment — seeder, transplanter and irrigation tools — that will help the farm make the leap from managing four acres of vegetable production to managing 20 acres.
Project: Construction of two high tunnels for the early production of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and carrots, and winter production of leafy greens, brassicas, and root crops.
Poplar Grove, IL
Project: Construction of a high tunnel on the southern edge of our grape arbor and goat paddock that will allow for both season extension and early growing of certain crops — and to help support the farm’s CSA and market farm business
The Urban Canopy
Project: Purchase of compost and topsoil that will double the urban farm’s growing capacity, increasing access to greens, vegetable, winter storage crops and other fresh produce.
Stoney Acres Farm
Project: Purchase of a vacuum seeder to improve efficiency, lower cost of production, and improving capacity for winter vegetable access in Central Wisconsin, with specific focus on rural grocery and winter farmers market and farm-to-school sales
Driftless Organics Sunray Seed Company
Soldiers Grove, WI
Project: Installation of a 60’x70’ cement floor for an on-farm sunflower seed cleaning operation, increasing g their ability to produce sunflower oil, a cooking oil native to our region.
Staff of Life Farm
Project: Installation of a gravel-filter pond water system to help solve the farm’s water shortage problem and will provide water for their livestock and irrigation of their pastures.
Blue Heron Farms
Project: Expanded rotational, pasture-based hog operation by purchasing the whey tanks to fully integrate whey feeding into our system, and by purchasing portable sow houses to keep sows year-round and have full control over our hog operation, from birth to butcher.
Broad Branch Farms
Project: Streamlined work processing area – a bigger cooler, more storage, easier loading out of the farm’s food onto the delivery truck, an overall better flow of activity minimizing time and energy.
Barbara’s Blueberry Batch & Little Kid’s Garden
Project: Purchased a hoop house.
Project: Purchased and built a well, irrigation system, corn-burning stove and hydroponic set-up.
The documents below provides an overview of how the grant money raised by the foundation has been distributed. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has awarded about $2 million in grant money to Midwest family farms, the vast majority of which are still thriving. That’s an amazing statistic and one that demonstrates the impact that your generosity has made on small scale farms in the Midwest.
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