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$19K in grants awarded to 11 San Juan County farms

San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild FARM Fund (Food, Agriculture, Relationships, Markets) distributed $19,144.47 in grants to San Juan County farms. These grants were made possible by generous gifts from the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Pleiades Foundation, the Orcas Food Co-op, and anonymous donors.

Kale growing at New Hannah Farm 

The 2024 FARM Fund grants will support projects that strengthen and develop regenerative, commercial agriculture in San Juan County while increasing the supply and availability of local food. The FARM Fund is committed to pursuing innovative ways to create a more resilient local food system while promoting the economic growth and viability of San Juan County farmers.

Twenty-four farmers submitted grant proposals for $800 - $2,500, with a total of $53,796.77 in requested funds. A seven-member committee ultimately chose to fund 11 high-impact projects that will regenerate our local ecosystem through agriculture and unlock new economic opportunities for island farmers. 

Funds were distributed throughout the county. Projects include materials and equipment to increase composting, reusable materials for dairy products, infrastructure for long-term protection from deer and birds, equipment for plant propagation and seed businesses, and materials for an earth-bag cellar for cool storage.

Recipients include:

Lopez Island -

Still Light Farm – Hoophouse upgrades for vegetable starts

Sunnyfield Farm – Specialty, reusable glass jars for dairy products

Orcas Island -

Crozier Farm and Orchard - Regenerative no-waste plant propagation facility

Lum Farm – Mobile solar stock watering system

Orcas Moon Farm - Rainwater capture system on a regenerative compost facility

West Beach Farm – Compost cover for curing compost piles

San Juan Island -

Ferry Boat Seeds – Specialized weed cultivation implements

New Hannah Farm – Drop seeder equipment

Mama Bird Farm – Deer fence infrastructure

Seagate Farm - Earth bag root cellar for natural cold storage

Waldron -

Nootka Rose Farm - Infrastructure and netting for perennial raspberry production.

Details of awards can be viewed at sjiagguild.com/past-farm-fund-recipients.

The FARM Fund is actively seeking philanthropic gifts to fund future grant cycles to support our farming community. Giving to the Farm Fund is a great way to directly impact the farmers in our community! To learn more about the FARM Fund, please go to sjiagguild.com/farm-fund or email farmfund@sjiagguild.com 

About the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild  The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) is a county-wide, community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant, resilient and sustainable local food system in San Juan County, Washington.

Last modified onWednesday, 15 May 2024 23:50