FARM Fund

Sustainable F.A.R.M. Fund

Sustainable Food, Agriculture, Relationships and Markets 

The F.A.R.M. Fund was dreamed up in the Spring of 2015 as a way for the Co-op to support innovative projects that strengthen and develop local, sustainable agriculture on Orcas Island. Currently F.A.R.M. Fun grants are funded by a combination of .05% of all 2016 Produce Department Sales and funds raised as part of our Coins for Community program. 

Applications for the 2017 FARM Fund Grant are now closed. 2018 FARM Fund applications will be available in the fall. 

We select farms based on the following criteria:

  • Build the market and/or strengthen infrastructure for local farms
  • Encourage ecological and socially responsible stewardship of our farmland
  • Support projects that directly advance the local farming community
  • Increase community access to, and awareness of healthy, organic food grown by local producers
  • Benefit the Co-op membership

In our first two grant cycles, we distributed over $5,000 to six Orcas agricultural products, including:

In 2016:

  • Alala Farm- Water catchment system
  • North Beach Mushrooms- Greenhouse infrastructure
  • Coffelt Farm Stewards- New chicken coop

In 2017:

  • Rainbow Chicken Ranch- Water tanks for chickens
  • Olga Strawberry Council- Marshall Strawberry Restoration Project
  • James Most and Sara Joy Palmer- Fencing infrastructure

If you have any questions please contact our Produce & Marketing Manager Rhys Hansen at rhys@orcasfood.coop 


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