Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Supports Local Farmers’ Markets through Fresh from the Farm Program
BAINBRIDGE – Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is now accepting applications for its Fresh from the Farm Program. This program provides a partnership with local Farmers Markets by promoting and supporting farmers who own/operate produce stands that sell locally grown products.
“These grants provide an opportunity for local producers who manage or own a roadside stand or market to promote their businesses and expand their reach,” said Brian Wilson, Chief Relationship Manager at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit.
Southwest Georgia Farm Credit began the Fresh from the Farm Mini-Grant program seven years ago as a way to provide cash for marketing and promotions to roadside u-picks and farmers’ markets. “The Fresh from the Farm program is an opportunity for us to collaborate with those farmers who sell locally grown produce in their communities,” Wilson said. Through an application process, the association picks 10 qualifying producers each year and donates $500 to each, mostly for marketing and promotional purposes.
The application for Fresh From the Farm mini-grants is available at the Conferences/Grants Link under the Learn Tab at SWGAFarmCredit.com or by contacting Anna Kinchen at 229.493.0158 or by email at AKinchen@SWGAFarmCredit.com. Completed grant applications can be mailed to Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Attention: Fresh from the Farm, 305 Colquitt Highway, Bainbridge, GA 39817; emailed to AKinchen@SWGAFarmCredit.com; or faxed to 888.834.9128. Completed applications must be received by April 12, 2019.