American Farmland Trust has created a relief fund to help farmers at the end of a domino effect caused by shooing people away from gathering and eating spots to prevent the spread of disease.
The Farmer Relief Fund promises to provide cash grants of $1,000 each to farmers impacted by the disruption of local food systems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be focused first on farms that sell at farmers markets or to restaurants, schools, stores, or foodmakers relying on farm products.
“AFT is focused on calling immediate attention to the struggle of the farmers who have been suddenly cut off from their main sources of revenue or seen them reduced. We want to help by providing funds to bridge the gap,” said John Piotti, AFT president and CEO.
Information about the The Farmer Relief Fund program is available online at www.farmland.org/relief. The organization said it expected to post the application on the website later today. Applications are due by April 23, with first grants being made available starting on May 1.
To start, the organization is limiting eligibility at first to small and mid-size direct-to-market producers, with annual gross revenue between $10,000 and $1 million.
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