2020 NEFMP Awardees
Congratulations to our 2020 New England Farmer Microgrant Program Awardees ! Learn more about the farmers below:
Mohammed Hannan grew up on a family farm in northern Bangladesh. He was trained through the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. He used his funds to purchase a tractor.
Boneyard specializes in pastured meat and eggs. They used their funds to build a poultry processing unit on a 10' trailer.
Susan Mitchell began her farming journey in the Hudson Valley growing vegetables with her high school students. She used the funds for business planning assistance.
Colfax Farm is an organic and no-till growing practices with a focus on creating community and connection for my CSA members and customers. They used their funds to purchase two caterpillar tunnels.
Crown & Roots Farm grows greens, root vegetables, shoots, herbs, and cut flowers using organic practices clean of pesticides and chemicals. They used the funds to purchase drip tape, fittings, and overhead sprinklers for our 1/4 acre of growing space.
effloresce culture + design
Effloresce is a regenerative design and agriculture project. They will use the funds to expand into full production on their land.
Fresh Start is a project of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. They used the funds to expand their production and purchase a tractor.
Gaetanos is a small organic farm focusing on fruit and vegetable production. They used the funds to purchase an energy-efficient walk-in cooler to increase capacity.
Indian Line Farm
Elizabeth Keen and Al Thorp have been farming for 23 years. They are a diversified vegetable farm and used their funds to expand their production capacity by building a new wash and pack area.
The Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA) is an organization run by, and for, the Somali Bantu community of greater Lewiston. Liberation Farms, provides community members with access to resources for culturally-appropriate and sustainable food production. They used the funds to secure assistance with land acquisition.
Sharon Wyrrick, has been growing vegetables for 40 years, first as a homestead gardener, and now with the expansion of that experience to this small vegetable farm operation for the last eight years. She used the funds to purchase a mowing implement.
Gus Tafel and Kyra Cressotti have been working in farm management for years. Meadowsweet specializes in fairy and livestock. They used the funds to secure additional land for production.
Merrimack Farm is a farm incubator created through Tufts New Entry for Sustainable Farming Farmer Training Course. They used the funds to purchase a transplanter.
Jen Johnson began farming in 2019. She raises animals, grows produce, and keeps honeybees. She used the funds to purchase a greens harvester.
Moon in the Pond was established in 1991 on a farmstead dating back to the 1760s. They used the funds to purchase a chicken tractor.
Nettie Fox is an organic farm focusing on poultry, eggs, and produce. They used the funds to create a better drainage system.
North Plain is a family-run farm that has been in business since 2001. They raise livestock in a rotational grass-based system. They used the funds to build a wash and pack station for their eggs.
Henry Webb and Gabby Tuite focus on salad greens and season extension. They used the funds to cover closing costs.
Old Wells Farm
Old Wells Farm is family owned, focusing on organic vegetables grown in a no till, permaculture-based system. They use the funds for create a succession plan for their parents.
Ox and Robin produces rare and heirloom vegetables and herb seeds. They used the funds secure permanent fencing.
Red Apple is a 4th generation farm established in 1912. It is a diversified direct-marketing farm operation. They used the funds to cover the cost of acquiring more land.
Red Shirt is a vegetable and fruit farm in the Berkshires. They used the funds to increase their growing area.
Riquezas del Campo is operated through the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a nonprofit building worker power by incubating worker-led cooperatives. They used the funds to secure a well and a tractor.
Sawyer has been in operation since 2010. They use draft horses to power the farm. They used the funds to expand production.
Seekonk is a second-generation Christmas Tree farm. They used the funds to build a blueberry operation.
Diego started farming in 2014, focusing on bio-intensive vegetables. He used the funds to expand his production.
South Paw is a 64 acre diversified farm. They used the funds to secure a tractor-mounted flame weeder.
Sub Edge produces vegetables, fruits, flower, and culinary herbs. They used their funds to build a deer exclusion fence.
Swell Farm is a husband and wife team growing specialty cut flowers. They used the funds to build a pond to assist with drainage.
Rachel and Ryan McKenna have been farming together since 2017. They used the funds to purchase two tractor implements.
Tups Crossing is a commercial goat dairy. They used the funds to repair fencing on one of their pastures.
Anthony Munene and Andrea Bye operate Two Mountain Farm. Anthony grew up in Kenya, and met Andrea when she was on volunteer trip. They used the funds to install fencing.
Whitemarz focuses on sustainable, and regenerative agriculture. They used the funds to purchase a BCS tractor.
Learn about our 2021 awardees
The 2021 awardees included 28 farmers from across the region, with a total of $132,000 awarded.2021 NEFMP Awardees