Farmers Grant Program
farmers grant program
THANKS TO ALL WHO SUBMITTED PROPOSALS FOR 2019!
We have reviewed all submissions with a team of employees from Twin Sisters Brewing Company and Sustainable Connections and have selected the following five finalists:
- Alluvial Farms
- City Sprouts Farm
- Lydia’s Flock
- Mama’s Garden LLC
- Silver Creek Farm
Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram as we let the community help determine the best candidate!
Here at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, we like to do things a little differently. Most people in our part of the world know a lot about the importance of buying local and the positive effects on the local economy. But buying local is only the start for our organization, which is in a position to make a real impact on our immediate community. Nurturing the producers in our local farming communities adds real value and directly impacts our business. So today, we’re announcing the beginning of our Farmers’ Grant Program to directly invest in the small farms that quite literally feeds us, our guests, and our local economy.
It Starts with a Seed
This year, we will kick off the program with a $1,000 grant given to a local farmer to help support their efforts. We are partnering with Sustainable Connections and Whatcom Family Farmers to get the word out to the farmers of Whatcom County, who are invited to submit a simple proposal of how they would use those funds to improve their operations. There are no strict criteria for participation, and we are encouraging farmers of all types and sizes to enter.
We’re All in This Together
We’ll review the proposals and then reach out to five finalists. We’ll send out a field team to capture a brief video of the contenders, and we will post these top candidates on our social media channels to let our followers determine whose project they want to fund. Once our winner is selected, we’ll invite them to Twin Sisters for a celebratory dinner and to receive their grant.
Just the Beginning
A one-time grant is nice, but we don’t eat once and call it quits for life. We view the farms that feed us in much the same way. We want to build a program that sustains the local agriculture economy, who in turn supplies our kitchen. We are starting a fund to seed a recurring grant which will be awarded annually on Earth Day. A percentage of sales of our flagship brew, the Bellingham Green IPA, will go directly to this fund all year long. Our hope is to have enough in the fund by next Earth Day to issue several grants instead of just one.
Got a Project?
If you’re a Whatcom County Farmer and you’re interested in participating, fill out the form below or please email a written proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining the details of your farm and how you would use the grant. You can also email or call if you have any questions regarding this program.