Local Food Microgrant Program: Accepting Applications
Urban Food Connections of Utah is pleased to offer a limited number of microgrant opportunities for commercial farming establishments dedicated primarily to the production of fruits and vegetables using ecologically sustainable agricultural methods. The intent of the Local Food Microgrant Program is to increase the amount and diversity of ecologically sustainable agriculture produced for the Salt Lake City market by assisting local small farmers to access technology, education, tools and equipment to grow more organic local produce.
Approximately $45,000 will be made available over the two year term of this grant. Maximum grant request is $5,000. The Local Food Microgrant Program is made available through SLC Green: Salt Lake City's Sustainability Department.
Who may apply for the grant?
UFCU is accepting applications from farmers that sell or distribute organic produce through Salt Lake City farmers markets, restaurants, institutions, grocery stores, and community supported agriculture operations that have drop-off sites within Salt Lake City limits. Microgrant funding is available to farms that are based in any of the following counties: Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Wasatch, Utah, Summit, and Cache.
Projects that qualify for funding:
Potential projects may include:
- Installation of sustainable farming techniques such as waterwise irrigation systems, increased produce storage capabilities, solar panels, etc…
- Building hoop houses or greenhouses to extend the growing season
- Purchase of organic seed
- Continuing education for farmers
- Sponsorship for labor costs in the form of a summer farm apprenticeship
How to apply:
Applicants may complete the application found here. For questions regarding the grant and grant application, please contact our Grant Manager, Summer Martin, by email () or by phone (801.333.1102).
Market Management toured, Frog Bench Farms, earlier this month. Frong Bench Farms is located near Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City tucked away in a residential neighborhood. This farm, at just under two acres, has been in opperation for four years now. Farmers Paula and Joe practice environmentally susatinable farming techniques to grow mostly for local restaurants. Frog Bench Farms is a beautiful farm with incredibly intelligent farmers running an extrememly effecient operation. Thanks for letting us check it out!
red Russian kale
winter squash: acorn squash, butternut squash, a variety of pumpkins, delicata squash, spaghetti squash, turban squash, yellow squash
- Business Name Wolfe Wind
- Phone 801-560-7105