Last November, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its online Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs. This guide is a collection of information on more than 40 grants, loans and resources that you can easily browse by focus area (local food, rural development and more). In the guide’s overview, fund-seekers can peruse a chart that details all available programs and who’s eligible.
Say you’re a new organic farmer—you can scroll through the programs listed under the “Beginning Farmers” and “Organic Production” sections to find your funding options. Just click on the program name for full details, including how to apply. While the NSAC won’t fill out the paperwork for you, they’ve made one of the most mysterious parts of receiving federal money—knowing your options—a whole lot easier.
Jennifer Kongs is the Managing Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s likely working in her garden, on the local running trails or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitter or Google+.