Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Awarded 2015 Farm Aid Grant
December 28, 2015
“Each year, proceeds from [Willie Nelson’s] annual Farm Aid concert are granted to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen family farm agriculture and improve our nation’s food system. Over the last 30 years Farm Aid has issued more than 2,000 grants to 300+ organizations nationwide.” FARM AID
This is Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s 6th year to be awarded a grant. The Farm Aid grant helps the institute provide Grants Advising Services, free information and mentoring to farmers on applying for federal, state and private funding sources.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. The institute’s research and education programs are focused on sustainable agriculture – which can help reduce global climate change, increase soil health and quality, and produce healthy food for a growing population.
“Grants are awarded throughout the year, though most are awarded after the annual concert in September. Thanks to the support of this year’s concertgoers at Farm Aid 30 and donors all over the country, Farm Aid has awarded nearly $590,000 so far, to 79 organizations providing farmers with the tools and resources they need to get started and stay on the land; advocating for local, state and federal policies that defend and bolster family farm agriculture; and building local and regional food systems that connect family farms directly with consumers.” FARM AID
In 2015, Farm Aid also granted over $13,000 to farmers and farm advocates for leadership development. It also gave more than $11,000 in emergency funding to farmers addressing economic crises or natural disasters – in total, more than $610,000 invested in a better farm and food future for all. For a complete listing of Farm Aid’s 2015 grants, visit www.farmaid.org/grants.
To help support and promote sustainable agriculture in Wisconsin visit www.michaelfields.org . Donations are tax-deductible.