The FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit project of Community Initiatives, is pleased to announce funding to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size farms. This new fund grew out of the sustainable farming grants of The Farm Steward Program of The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company based in South San Francisco. A primary goal of the FruitGuys Community Fund is to help farms and orchards operate more sustainably and to promote advocacy that, over the long term, creates a more sustainable food system and healthier planet.
Grants in the amount of $2,500-$5,000 will be awarded in April 2014. Preference will be given to applicants within 150 miles of San Francisco, Philadelphia, or Chicago. Projects to be considered should help farms and orchards operate more sustainably, both environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach. Some examples of the sustainability projects may include (but are not limited to): planting of cover crops to help with water management and soil fertility; planting pollinator-attracting perennials and/or installing bee hives; installation of bat boxes or owl boxes to attract predators and keep rodent numbers down; installation of high tunnels or hoop houses to extend the growing season. Within the total project budget, up to 10% of the total grant awarded (i.e. up to $500) may consist of funding to support the community outreach, education, and/or advocacy as outlined in question 4 of the grant application. Projects must be completed by December 1, 2014. Grant applications are due by midnight, February 15, 2014. For more information about the grant and how to apply, please visit The FruitGuys Community Fund Webpage.