2019 Fund-a-Farmer Grants

In February 2019, FACT awarded 38 grants totaling $94,580 to farmers in 19 states. The funded projects will benefit an estimated 14,045 animals each year, including beef cattle, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, sheep, swine, and turkeys. FACT’s 2019 Animal Welfare Certification Grants and Capacity Building Grants were generously underwritten by the ASPCA.

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Animal Welfare Certification projects:

  1. Black Tansy Farm in Springfield, OR: $2,500 to construct movable outdoor farrowing huts for sows and shelters for pigs, sheep and cattle on pasture in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  2. Blue Yonder Organic Farm in North Salem, IN: $2,500 to construct woven wire perimeter fencing around the two acres for sheep on pasture in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  3. Chinook's Acres in Laingsburg, MI: $2,500 to seed pasture with hay/alfalfa and to implement a livestock watering system for sheep in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  4. DKH Destiny Farm in Caldwell, ID: $2,467.33 to improve feeders for goats in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  5. Driftless Hills Farm in Calmar, IA: $2,500 to install frost free water access for sheep on pasture to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  6. Fraga Farmstead Creamery in Gales Creek, OR: $2,500 to construct a winter hoop house for goats in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  7. Harmony Fields in Bow, WA: $2,500 to purchase equipment (grain storage bin/chute panels and gate) for sheep in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  8. Hell or High Water Farm in Enumclaw, WA: $2,500 to purchase two Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs to protect laying hens on pasture in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  9. Rossallini Farm in Scio, OR: $2,500 to purchase two large portable shelters for goats on pasture in order to attain Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification.

  10. Two Mothers Farm in Ithaca, NY: $2,500 to purchase and construct a handling system for sheep in order to become Certified Humane.

  11. Wandering Roots in Jeffersonville, VT: $2,500 to build a mobile coop for broiler chickens to become Certified Humane.

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2019 Capacity Building Grant projects:

  1. Back Creek Angus in Mount Ulla, NC: $2,500 to purchase posts, poly wire, fiberglass corner posts and solar charger to allow sheep to graze within a solar farm.

  2. Bifrost Farms Creamery in Boyceville, WI: $2,500 to add an aging room, and purchasing the equipment needed to make aged, hard goat cheese.

  3. Bull City Farm in Rougemont, NC: $1,710 to purchase tighter weave poultry netting, a designated energizer, better feeders/waters and a larger “house” to better accommodate younger turkey and layer chicks.

  4. Health Hero Farm in South Hero, VT: $5,000 to conduct a direct-marketing campaign to connect “omnivores with a conscience” with all AWA-, CH- and GAP-certified producers in Vermont via paid advertising, a collaborative website, and media outreach (7+ actively collaborating farms expected).

  5. Ironstone Creamery in Pottstown, PA: $2,500 to construct portable shelters for finishing pigs as well as farrowing pigs.

  6. North Country Creamery in Keeseville, NY: $2,500 to hire a marketing intern to conduct targeted outreach to large wholesale buyers and upgrade the farm's website.

  7. Prodigal Farm in Rougemont, NC: $2,500 to expand the sheltered loafing area for goats.

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2019 Pasture Improvement projects:

  1. Adirondack Beef Company in Croghan, NY: $2,500 to replace fencing to enable better rotational grazing for beef cattle, hogs and poultry.

  2. Bishop Katahdins in Newfield, NJ: $2,500 to convert a 30-acre solar field into a managed, rotational intensively grazed pasture for 200 ewes.

  3. Case Country Farm in Chatham, MI: $2,500 to purchase one large portable shelter and 8 portable farrowing huts for pigs on pasture.

  4. Chitwood Family Farm in Spring Hill, KS: $2,500 to build a 30'W x 12'H x 60'L high tunnel to be used for lambing and as a nursery for pastured broiler chickens and piglets.

  5. Gaia’s Breath Farm in Jordanville, NY: $2,500 to install a remote pump based watering system and temporary fencing equipment for pigs on pasture.

  6. Grass Powered Poultry & Meats in Hillsboro, OH: $2,500 to build a high tensile perimeter fence for beef, hogs, broilers, turkeys and laying hens on pasture.

  7. Islote Farm in Esparto, CA: $600 to purchase a guardian dog to protect a flock of 2500 chickens.

  8. J&J Farms in Pinewood, SC: $2,500 to install three additional water troughs for year-round grazing of beef cows.

  9. Kopf Canyon Ranch in Troy, ID: $2,500 to fence and cross-fence 40 acres of a canyon for goats, laying hens and guardian animals

  10. Lydia's Flock Registered Icelandic and Shetland Sheep in Bellingham, WA: $2,500 to purchase portable electric fencing and livestock guardian dog for sheep on pasture.

  11. Meadowdale Farm in Putney, VT: $2,500 to bury water lines and install 6 frost-free hydrants for beef cattle, broiler chickens, laying hens, sheep, pigs and turkeys on pasture.

  12. Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, OH: $2,500 to purchase four Livestock Guardian Dogs (2 adults and 2 puppies) to protect sheep and beef cattle on pasture.

  13. Pettit Pastures in Milaca, MN: $2,500 to bury a water line, and install a frost free hydrant and a winter waterer for beef cattle on pasture.

  14. Shelly's Farm in Brentwood, CA: $2,500 to purchase a manure spreader.

  15. Skyelark Ranch in Edgewood, CA: $2,500 to install a permanent perimeter fence and cross fence the pasture into four smaller paddocks for broiler chickens, laying hens, sheep, goats and pigs.

  16. South Stitch Farm in Athens, OH: $2,500 to seed clover on 102 acres of pasture for beef cows, meat goats and dairy heifers.

  17. Sweet Grass Meats in Naples, NY: $2,500 to install fencing for beef cattle on pasture.

  18. Turning Page Farm in Monson, ME: $2,500 to improve pasture and install fencing for goats and chickens on pasture.

  19. Whitney Farmstead in Ann Arbor, MI: $2,500 to install perimeter fencing for beef cattle on pasture

  20. Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, RI: $2,302 to install a water system for beef cattle, laying hens, broilers, turkeys, and pigs on pasture.