USDA funding isn't just for mega-farms. Programs are available for local food systems as well.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
has released a funding guide to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for regional and local food
systems. It includes details about the overall structure of the USDA,
information about 14 available grants and programs, and application
For each program description there is a case study of a real-world
project that has received federal funding. There are also several references
that can help you design and develop specific projects and write grant
applications. This guide is designed to narrow down the search for relevant government
grant programs in order to elicit more local and regional food systems.