2018 Fund Our Foodshed Grant Awards

In April 2018 Menomonie Market Food Co-op launched the Fund our Foodshed Grant Program. Grant funds are generated by co-op customers through a round-up at the register program. The program furthers the co-op’s mission of creating a thriving and healthy foodshed by supporting the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley.

The 2018 Fund our Foodshed cycle raised $3,250 in individual contributions and a donation by the co-op. In early May the MMFC grant committee (comprised of co-op board of directors, staff, and customer-owners) reviewed twelve applications and made selections for five local projects. Award recipients were selected based on a variety of criteria; most importantly the potential positive impact on the agricultural economy of the Chippewa Valley.

The grants directly impact small, sustainably-focused, and local farming operations. When we support the viability of small farms we support strengthening our community and economy. Supporting small also means greater access to a wide diversity of food and product offerings grown and produced in the Chippewa Valley.

 


 

 

2018 Fund our Foodshed

Award Recipients

Mary Dirty Face Farm – Menomonie, WI

Two portable electric fence units for sheep grazing in the orchard

Bifrost Farm – Boyceville, WI

Purchase of two additional La Mancha does in-milk for the farm

Deutsch Family Farm – Osseo, WI

Development of a refreshed and integrated website

EB Ranch – Ridgeland, WI

Woven wire fencing, hoop house renovation, and expanded watering system

Baruk Yah- Menomonie, WI

Nesting box for chickens that allows for eggs to roll away from the nest

4 Comments

Madonna Hostetter

It is so exciting that the co-op undertook this funding raising effort. The grants made seem so very appropriate!
I am very proud of the support the co-op provides the community. Way to go co-op!

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Kayla

This is wonderful! I didn’t even realize grants were available what a wonderful way to support LOCAL!

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Reb

This is exciting and innovative! I’m proud to be part of the coop community

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Luisa Gerasimo

CONGRATULATIONS to the co-op, the winners, and to the community of eaters; we are all going to be winners thanks to these improvements on local farms!

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