Three Sisters Workshop

This “mini-workshop” will cover planting the three sisters of corn, beans, and squash on Saturday, June 31st at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s sustainable farm. We’ll be serving corn soup for lunch.

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USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program & Local Foods Promotion Program

USDA’s AMS (Ag. Marketing Service) is accepting applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to increase domestic consumption and access to locally and regionally produced foods and to develop new market opportunities for local producers.  Awards will range between $15,000-100,000.  A total of $15 million is available and the application deadline is June 20, 2014.

The related Local Food Promotion Program (LMPP) provides funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food businesses.  Funding is available for planning grants ranging between $5000-25,000 and implementation grants for between $25,000-100,000.  A total of $15 million is available and the application deadline is June 20, 2014.  A 25% match is required.

Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant

USDA’s Rural Development is accepting applications for the Small Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG) to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and cooperative development centers.  A total of $3 million is available with a maximum award of $200,000 and no match is required.