FAIRFIELD — A regional organization has announced the availability of hardship grants for California family farmers who are not able to make ends meet this spring due to damage caused by the drought.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers joined with California Certified Organic Farmers to make the money available to family farmers who use sustainable practices, as well as certified organic producers across the state.
The grant money itself comes from a grant from Farm Aid.
Each eligible producer may apply for a $500 grant to cover household living expenses. Requirements for eligibility include:
Preference will be given to farms that match the federal definition of a small family farm, that is, those that have gross annual sales less than $250,000.
To qualify for emergency funds, completely fill out an application form and send to Community Alliance with Family Farmers by April 30. The application form and more information may be downloaded at www.caff.org/programs/drought.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers has regional offices in Oakland and in Davis. For more information, contact Kendall Lambert at 510-832-4625, ext. 13, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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