The Boulder County Commissioners selected the recipients of the 2022 Sustainable Food and Agriculture Funds, which support local food production, regenerative practices, soil health, and farm workers.

Bridge House, Eco-Cycle, Grama Grass & Livestock, Jack’s Solar Garden, Light Root Community Farm, MASA Seed Foundation, Project Protect Promotora Network, and Suarez Market at Mariposa Farm were among the recipients of the $405,000 distributed, according to a Boulder County news release. The county encouraged farms and organizations to request funding to accelerate or launch environmental sustainability projects that would benefit food and agriculture.

“We continue to experience the devastating impacts of the climate crisis and we also saw how COVID-19 has raised costs due to supply chain issues and worker shortages here in Boulder County,” Boulder County Commissioner Marta Loachamin stated in the release. “These projects help our community fight and adapt to climate change, increase food security, and grow our local economy.”

The money was aimed to benefit five areas:

  • On-farm regenerative agriculture and soil health practices,
  • Farmer/producer education, conferences, and workshops that focus on sustainable and regenerative agriculture demonstrations,
  • On-farm and farmer’s market infrastructure,
  • Sustainable local food and crop production, and
  • Programmatic and resource support for frontline farm workers and organizations.

This was the first year that Boulder County included measures that give capital to frontline farm workers and organizations.

“Climate change devastates frontline community members first and worst,” Loachamin stated in the release. “We are excited to expand funding to projects that support our own Boulder County farm workers.”

The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund, financed by the Sustainability Tax revenue, awarded $380,000 to large projects whose budgets are more than $40,000 and $25,000 to projects whose budgets are less than $5,000.

Large fund recipients include:

  • Bridge House, which received $21,000 for its Mission Meals for Casa De La Esperanza Community;
  • Eco-Cycle, which received $37,000 for its on-farm composting and compost-use demonstrations;
  • Grama Grass & Livestock, which received $56,500 for its regenerative livestock infrastructure;
  • Jack’s Solar Garden, which received $40,000 for agrivoltaics, equipment, infrastructure and education;
  • Light Root Community Farm, which received $40,000 for its soil health resiliency with holistic farm management practices;
  • MASA Seed Foundation, which received $75,000 for its Building a Local Grain Movement from the Ground Up with Soil, Seed, and Diversity project;
  • Project Protect Promotora Network, which received $42,500 for its Boulder County resource distribution project; and
  • Suarez Market at Mariposa Farm, which received $68,000 for its high-density apple orchard.

Small fund projects include:

  • Boulder Jewish Community Center, which received $2,432 for its Milk and Honey Farm;
  • Boulder Valley Honey, which received $4,948 for pollinator education and hotspots;
  • Citizen Science Soil Health Project, which received $2,700 for its website and grower video profiles;
  • Harvest of All First Nations and Drylands Agroecology Research, which received $5,000 for its Harvest of All First Nations Festival;
  • Kelly Enterprises, which received $4,920 to support its Low-Income Voucher Programs at Boulder County Farmers’ Markets; and
  • Simply Bee Conservation, which received $5,000 for its Boulder Community Pollinator Corridor and Living Classrooms.

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The Boulder County Commissioners selected the recipients of the 2022 Sustainable Food and Agriculture Funds, which support local food production, regenerative practices, soil health, and farm workers.

Bridge House, Eco-Cycle, Grama Grass & Livestock, Jack’s Solar Garden, Light Root Community Farm, MASA Seed Foundation, Project Protect Promotora Network, and Suarez Market at Mariposa Farm were among the recipients of the $405,000 distributed, according to a Boulder County news release. The county encouraged farms and organizations to request funding to accelerate or launch environmental sustainability projects that would benefit food and agriculture.

“We continue to experience the devastating impacts of the climate crisis and we also saw how COVID-19 has raised costs due to supply chain issues and worker shortages here in Boulder County,” Boulder County Commissioner Marta Loachamin stated in the release. “These projects help our community fight and adapt to climate change, increase food security, and grow our local economy.”

The money was aimed to benefit five areas:

  • On-farm regenerative agriculture and soil health practices,
  • Farmer/producer education, conferences, and workshops that focus on sustainable and regenerative agriculture demonstrations,
  • On-farm and farmer’s market infrastructure,
  • Sustainable local food and crop production, and
  • Programmatic and resource support for frontline farm workers and organizations.

This was the first year that Boulder County included measures that give capital to frontline farm workers and organizations.

“Climate change devastates frontline community members first and worst,” Loachamin stated in the release. “We are excited to expand funding to projects that support our own Boulder County farm workers.”

The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund, financed by the Sustainability Tax revenue, awarded $380,000 to large projects whose budgets are more than $40,000 and $25,000 to projects whose budgets are less than $5,000.

Large fund recipients include:

  • Bridge House, which received $21,000 for its Mission Meals for Casa De La Esperanza Community;
  • Eco-Cycle, which received $37,000 for its on-farm composting and compost-use demonstrations;
  • Grama Grass & Livestock, which received $56,500 for its regenerative livestock infrastructure;
  • Jack’s Solar Garden, which received $40,000 for agrivoltaics, equipment, infrastructure and education;
  • Light Root Community Farm, which received $40,000 for its soil health resiliency with holistic farm management practices;
  • MASA Seed Foundation, which received $75,000 for its Building a Local Grain Movement from the Ground Up with Soil, Seed, and Diversity project;
  • Project Protect Promotora Network, which received $42,500 for its Boulder County resource distribution project; and
  • Suarez Market at Mariposa Farm, which received $68,000 for its high-density apple orchard.

Small fund projects include:

  • Boulder Jewish Community Center, which received $2,432 for its Milk and Honey Farm;
  • Boulder Valley Honey, which received $4,948 for pollinator education and hotspots;
  • Citizen Science Soil Health Project, which received $2,700 for its website and grower video profiles;
  • Harvest of All First Nations and Drylands Agroecology Research, which received $5,000 for its Harvest of All First Nations Festival;
  • Kelly Enterprises, which received $4,920 to support its Low-Income Voucher Programs at Boulder County Farmers’ Markets; and
  • Simply Bee Conservation, which received $5,000 for its Boulder Community Pollinator Corridor and Living Classrooms.

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