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Wholesale: Application deadline for “Next Step” grants Nov. 17

Oct 28th, 2016 | Category: News

BELLINGHAM – The Co-op’s Farm Fund is accepting proposals for “Next Step” Grants of $1,250 to $5,000, in combination with very low-interest Farm Fund loans, to help qualifying farmers and food businesses successfully overcome the challenges of expansion for wholesale markets. To meet the immediate need for the 2017 growing season, the application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 17. Whatcom County’s small farmers have reported the two main barriers to compete in the wholesale market include: 1) access to capital for equipment, land, or infrastructure, and 2) a need for resources to navigate the expansion into new local and regional markets. These needed resources can include things such as establishing purchase agreements with wholesale buyers, projecting and managing financial growth, and managing on-farm expansion, which are provided by nonprofit and educational organizations in the region. For more information, or to apply, contact Jean Rogers, Board and Farm Fund Administrator, Community Food Co-op, at (360) 734-8158 ext 311 or jeanr@communityfood.coop.

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