Applications open for the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund

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Boulder County will allocate up to $ 405,000; the deadline to apply is January 5, 2022

Boulder County, CO —Boulder County Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience is calling on farmers, agricultural producers, the private sector and nonprofits to apply for funding to accelerate and launch sustainability projects that benefit the Boulder County food system. Pending formal approval from the Boulder County Board of Directors for the 2022 budget, $ 405,000 has been set aside for sustainability-focused initiatives that address the priority needs of local farmers and agricultural producers.

“As we launch the third year of this fund, it is inspiring to see this program continue to grow, demonstrating our farming community’s commitment to implementing land reclamation practices that create a climate resilient food system. Said Deandra Croissant, Boulder County Sustainability Specialist. “We were impressed with the innovation and range of projects for 2021, with grantees working on everything from expanding education in sustainable agriculture to testing the benefits of mushroom compost for soil health. .

This funding opportunity is offered to impact four major areas within local food and agriculture, including:

  1. On-farm regenerative agriculture and soil health practices
  2. Farmer / producer education, conferences and workshops focused on demonstrations of sustainable and regenerative agriculture
  3. Farm and farm market infrastructure
  4. Sustainable local food and plant production
  5. Program and resource support for farm workers and frontline organizations

Any registered business, official non-profit organization or government entity can apply for funding from a minimum of $ 40,000 to a maximum of $ 150,000 per project or apply to the Small Projects Fund for a minimum of $ 2,000 to a maximum of $ 5,000.

To apply, visit boco.org/SustainableFoodAgFund

Application documents must be submitted by January 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. for review.

Kena and Mark Guttridge from Ollin Farms, 2020 Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund grant recipients.

*Background

About the Boulder County Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund:

The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund is financed through sustainability tax revenues. In November 2016, voters approved the sustainability tax voting initiative to allocate a portion of sales and use tax revenues to finance infrastructure and sustainability programs. Please see the 2018 Environmental Sustainability Plan for more information on Boulder County’s food and agriculture goals.

In 2021, the Boulder County Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund received 58 applications and a total of $ 2.4 million in applications. Approximately $ 305,000 was awarded to 11 farms and organizations. Seven projects were selected for the big fund: Boulder Valley School District, Flatiron Young Farmers Coalition, Garden to Table, Growing Gardens, Isabelle Farm, Kilt Farm and Red Wagon Farm; and four projects were selected for the small fund: Boulder Mushroom, Community Table Farm, Dharmas Garden and Earth’s Table.

The following regenerative agriculture practices are being completed in Boulder County by 2021 grantees: developing educational programs, food processing, fungal inoculation, application of compost, planting perennials, cover crops, grazing regenerative, direct seeding and intelligent irrigation. These practices increase soil nutrient levels, support local food and plant production, create a healthy ecosystem, sequester carbon, and help crops become more resilient to climate change.

For more information on this program, visit boco.org/SustainableFoodAgFund or contact Deandra Croissant at [email protected] For more information on Boulder County’s sustainability mission and to find out more about other programs, please contact Christian Herrmann at [email protected]

Mission of the Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience

Our mission is to advance policies and programs that conserve resources, protect the environment and protect our climate in order to build a sustainable, just and resilient community.



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