Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program awarded $30,500 to 13 organizations to promote northeast agriculture, support young and beginning farmer initiatives and encourage agricultural youth programs.
The program is a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank.
Recent grant recipients
The most recent grants highlight Farm Credit’s ongoing partnership with organizations that make a significant difference in the lives of people involved in all aspects of agriculture.
- An $8,000 grant to the Maine Tree Foundation will support its annual Teachers Tours of Maine forests and mills, which provides teachers a first-hand experience to share with students, colleagues and communities.
- New Jersey Ag Society will use its $5,000 grant to support its Learning Through Gardening program, which provides teacher training, curriculum development and garden materials to teach children how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, therefore inspiring the next generation of agriculturists.
- American Farmland Trust was awarded a $4,000 grant for the 2015 Harvesting Opportunities in NY Conference. Over 200 agriculture and conservation leaders attend this conference to promote further growth of local food production, protection of farmland and support of the next generation of farmers.
- A $4,000 grant to New England Green Pastures will support its annual Outstanding Dairy Farm program, which honors one dairy farm from each New England state at the Big E.
- National Young Farmers Coalition will use its $1,500 grant to launch a New Farmer Tour & Potluck Series to develop a stronger and more vibrant young farmer community.
- All American Junior Sheep Show will put its $1,000 grant towards the 2015 national show to be held in Massachusetts in July. This show educates youth on the sheep industry.
- FarmOn! Foundation will use its $1,000 grant to support its Youth Ag Entrepreneurial Summer Camp, which fosters development of young entrepreneurs in the ag industry.
- A $1,000 grant to the New York Pork Producers will support the NY Youth Swine Scholarship Contest, which provides for a youth leadership development program at the NYS Fair.
- NOFA-VT will use its $1,000 grant to host six state-wide workshops and networking events that cover production, marketing and business development education for beginning farmers.
- The Queens County Farm Museum, which helps educate urban residents on farming, was awarded a $1,000 grant for its expansion of the Community Compost Project.
- A $1,000 grant to Strolling of the Heifers will support its 5th annual Slow Living Summit, which focuses on farms, food and food systems through a five track food exploration journey.
- The Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame was awarded a $1,000 grant to recognize past and present agricultural leaders in Vermont.
- The Vermont Agency of Ag, Food and Markets will use its $1,000 grant to host Vermont Breakfast on the Farm, an event to educate the public about modern farming, animal management practices and to build trust between producers and the public.