About the Good Farm Fund Grants
Our Farm Grant program supports economic development in our community by distributing grants directly to local farms to fund specific projects. The goal of the grants is to help small farms in Mendocino and Lake Counties succeed and increase participation in our community’s food system. Strong candidates will demonstrate environmentally beneficial practices, maximize food production for local consumption, and provide affordable food for all people in the community.
In 2015, our first year, we awarded a total of $7,000 in farm grants to nine farms. In 2016, we awarded a total of $20,000 in farm grants to fourteen local food farms.
This year, we are proud to be awarding $30,000 in grants, made possible thanks to the work of many volunteers and donations from our foundation sponsors: Ukiah Natural Foods, Adventist Health, and Frey Vineyard.
Note: If you’d like to work on the application and save it as you go on your computer, email us and we’ll send you a copy as a word document.
Applications are due by October 1, 2017. For more details, please refer to the application guidelines.
Awards will be announced at the Fourth Annual Winter Feast, on December 5 at BARRA Winery.
“GFF provided a grant for my hatching machine that I have hatched more than 1000 chickens from. I would not have been able to afford it. Im working on developing an industrial free meat chicken of the HIGHEST meat quality that is also healthy, pain free and happy. Thanks for the help.” – Frank Hartzell, Fort Bragg
— 2016 Farm Grant Awardees —
Anderson Valley Community Farm| Boonville
rant for AVCF will be used to build a farm stand that will be a pickup location for CSA boxes and a space to shop for value-added products from the farm including jams, pickles, olive oil, soap and herbal teas. Grant funds will also be used to gravel the driveway, which is in dire need of maintenance to make it welcoming to the public.
Carson & Bees | Mendocino County
Carson & bees has been growing their business every year, splitting healthy hives each spring and therefore forming two hives from one. Their farm grant will purchase frames to complete sixty new hives, keeping them on track to continue growing this year.
Cinnamon Bear Farm | Calpella
Cinnamon Bear Farm is receiving funding to improve efficiency and production on their farm in 2017. Funds will be used to build a low-tunnel hoop house for season extension, allowing them to bring a greater variety of crops to market both early and late in the growing season. Funds will also be used to purchase a Jang seeder, allowing for more efficient direct seeding of crops; as well as landscape fabric, which will aid in keeping the farm weed free, reducing labor and time spent weeding.
Covelo Organic | Covelo
Covelo Organics will be purchasing a dibbler roller for their farm, a tool which makes the process of transplanting starts into the field much more efficient.
Feriera Forest Farms | Ukiah
Grant funds will be used to purchase a supply of best quality seeds for Feriera Forest Farms.
Fortunate Farm | Caspar
Grant funds awarded to Fortunate Farm will help significantly expand their production through the purchase of a vacuum seeder system, which makes the task of seeding flats of starts in the greenhouse much more efficient than doing it by hand. Funds will also go towards the purchase of a new, larger greenhouse — a necessity for the farm to reach their production goals for this season.
Irene’s Garden | Laytonville
Irene’s Garden, one of the largest food producers in the county, is in desperate need of replacement tires for their produce delivery van. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new set of tires immediately.
Mendocino Meats | Redwood Valley
Mendocino Meats has been expanding their pastured pork program; they are renting a 30-acre pasture where they will be raising 300-350 pigs in 2017. Their farm grant is helping fund sturdy shade structures for the pigs during summer months.
Mossy Falls Farm | Potter Valley
Mossy Falls Farm will be using their grant to expand their usable land by adding to the existing fencing, which will provide orchard space for more Apple, Pluerry, Peacotum, Pluot and Pomegranate trees, and new areas for watermelon and pumpkin patches.
Nye Ranch | Fort Bragg
The Good Farm Fund is funding the construction of an improved farm stand at Nye Ranch located on scenic Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg. Grant funds will also be used to purchase a backpack sprayer, an efficient solution for applying compost teas to crops in the field.
Russian Creek Farms/Ben Wolff | Potter Valley
Grant funds will be used to help fence in 8 acres of useable farmland, which will increase the amount of pasture for pigs currently being raised and increase the farm’s capacity for vegetable production by 50%.
Sisters’ Ridge Farm | Redwood Valley
Sisters’ Ridge currently sells fresh eggs at the Ukiah Farmers’ Market and Ukiah Natural Foods. They are growing their laying flock this year, and grant funds will be used to help build a chicken tractor as a way of rotating the chickens through their pasture.
Strong Roots Farm | Potter Valley
Strong Roots Farm will be adding a cold storage space to their farm this year, helping keep crops fresh and at peak quality before delivery to their customers. The Good Farm Fund is helping fund this project, which will provide a vital piece of infrastructure for Strong Roots Farm, and will also be available for other farmers in Potter Valley to use.
Tequio Community Farm | Willits
Tequio Community Farm has had great success utilizing greenhouses for season extension and plans to rely on them even more this year to increase the quantity and variety of crops available. The Good Farm Fund is helping fund the construction of a new, larger greenhouse to add to the existing structures at the farm.
— 2015 Farm Grant Awardees —
Black Dog Farm | $1200
Black Dog Farm received a grant for drought-sensitive irrigation supplies & seed stock to aid in their farm expansion.
Bob Gates Organics | $1,000
The Farm Grant for Bob Gates Organics was used for a new section of deer fencing, adding a substantial amount of useable land to Bob Gate’s existing farm.
Covelo Organics | $1,200
Covelo Organics was in dire need of office equipment; their Farm Grant purchased a computer, meaning they are able to easily utilize the MendoLake Food Hub, communicate with customers via e-mail, and reach a larger customer base by marketing on social media.
The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture | $350
The Grange School raises meat chickens, both for sale and as part of their instruction; one of the many valuable skills that they teach their students is humane chicken slaughtering. Their Farm Grant purchased a chicken scalder, one of the pieces in a new and improved set-up for this process.
Green Uprising Farm | $785
The Farm Grant for Green Uprising Farm went to purchase a new set up hand tools – a basic necessity for a working farm – meaning that now there are enough tools for everyone to use and that they all work well.
Milagro Bean Collective | $500
The Milagro Bean Collective in Upper Lake aims to grow as many storable calories as possible every year in the form of beans and heirloom field corn; their grant purchased seed stock for this years’ expanded crop.
Noyo Food Forest | $350
The Farm Grant for Noyo Food Forest purchased interior infrastructure for their new greenhouse.
Red Giant Farms | $1000
Red Giant Farms is doing valuable work with chicken breeding and is a local source for baby chicks, meaning that our community doesn’t have to order live chicks shipped through the mail if they want to keep chickens. Their farm grant purchased a chicken brooder.
Tequio Community Farm | $715
This Farm Grant purchased a Jang JP-1 Seeder and a Pottiputki #55 Planter to streamline the seeding and planting process, aiding in Tequio’s goal of tripling their food production this year.