Farm Credit awards efforts to develop, promote Northeast ag

Farm Credit Northeast

Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program provided $67,800 in grant funding to 24 organizations

The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program, a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank, recently provided $67,800 in grant funding to 24 organizations to assist their efforts to support young and beginning farmer initiatives, encourage youth leadership development, and promote northeast agriculture, forestry and commercial fishing.

The most recent grant funding supported projects and programs that enhance agricultural education and food security programs, educate consumers and community leaders, recognize industry leaders, promote diversity and inclusion, and support producer training and development.

Recipients implementing projects for youth agricultural education include Buffalo Go Green Inc., Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project, Quincy College, and the Massachusetts and New Hampshire 4-H programs.

Other educational and development programs for consumers, community leaders and those new to or involved in agriculture include the Institute of Boston’s Urban Farmer Training Program; Harvest New England’s annual conference and trade show; Intervale Center’s program for coaching, land access planning and other business planning; a series of educational videos on sustainable food systems by the New England Dairy and Food Council; the Washington County Fair’s education trail; a NOFA-NH technical assistance program; and an interactive consumer education tool and a green industry documentary from UConn Extension.

Additionally, Farm and Community Collaborative Inc., Gardening the Community, Massachusetts Aquaculture Association Inc., Providence Farm Collective Corp., and Salvation Farms aim to use grant awards to improve food security in the Northeast.

Other recipients include Capital Roots, Foodshed Alliance, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Merrimack County Conservation District and NOFA-VT.

The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program was created in 1996 to support projects that promote and enhance the region’s agricultural community. Since inception, the program has provided more than $2.6 million in grant funding to over 950 projects. Submissions for the next round of grant funding are due by April 1. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/AgEnhancement to learn more.

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