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Supporting Local Farmers’ Markets Through Fresh Farm Grants

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit began the Fresh from the Farm Mini-Grant program 12 years ago with the goal of recognizing our regional producers and their contributions to our healthier lifestyles. Over the last 12 years, the Association has delivered $60,000 in grants to local produce markets and roadside stands.  The Fresh from the Farm Grant is just another way for Southwest Georgia Farm Credit to partner with, promote, and support local farmers.

One of the 2023 Fresh from the Farm grant winner, Carter Lawrence, from Carter’s Farm Fresh in Smithville, Georgia said, “Fresh from the Farm has allowed me to expand my offerings into the fall and to experiment with new crops. By having the freedom to purchase new seeds, this grant has broadened my options for what I can grow, thus providing my customers with more choices. Rather than just growing the same tried and true vegetables, I have been able to try things I would not have planted without these funds. So, to me, Fresh from the Farm means freedom and options.”

The Fresh from the Farm initiative gives reusable shopping bags along with ten $500 grants each year to farmers who own qualifying produce stands. The program provides cash for grant recipients to enhance their marketing and promotions, like buying ads or developing a website and social media presence.

Fresh from the Farm applications can be downloaded from our website: www.swgafarmcredit.com

Completed applications can be submitted via MAIL: Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Attention: Fresh from the Farm, 305 Colquitt Highway, Bainbridge, GA 39817 or EMAIL: AKinchen@swgafarmcredit.com

The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2024.

Headquartered in Bainbridge, Georgia, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit supports farmers, farm businesses, and rural property owners, providing safe, sound, dependable financing.  The Association is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of agricultural and rural lending institutions cooperatively owned by their borrowers.  Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm, through its constant commitment to competitive lending and expert financial services.

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