COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant

 

AUA and partner organizations launched the COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant in April to provide Chicagoland food producers with immediate financial support to cover operating expenses and provide emergency food relief to their communities. Through both rounds of funding, 67 grants were awarded totaling over $120,000.

COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant Awardees (Round 1)

During our first round of Farmer Support Grants,  small grants of $500-$1,000 were granted to Chicagoland farm businesses who had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and were in need of immediate financial support for one or more of the following purposes: farm supplies, farmer income support, food safety initiatives,  labor support, market adaptation. Below are the 32 recipients. 

  • Anonymous Farm #1
  • Anonymous Farm #2
  • Bike a Bee
  • Broadview Farms and Gardens
  • Bronzeville Community Garden
  • Catatumbo Cooperative Farm
  • Cedillo’s Fresh Produce
  • Chanticlare Farm
  • Chicago Indoor Garden
  • Chicago Patchwork Farm
  • Earnest Earth
  • Finding Justice: A Flower and Vegetable Garden
  • Gardeneers
  • Getting Grown Collective
  • Global Garden Refugee Training Farm
  • Good Vibes
  • Growing Solutions Farm
  • M’s Organic Sustainable Farm
  • Middleton Preserves
  • Mint Creek Farm
  • Multiple Harvest LLC
  • Nodding Onion Farm
  • Orchard Village Farm
  • OTIS Fresh Farm
  • Purewater Aquaponics
  • Run-A-Way Buckers Club
  • Smooth and Social Roots LLC
  • Star Farm Chicago
  • The Urban Canopy
  • Von Bergen’s Country Market
  • Wash Tub Farms
  • Your Bountiful Harvest Family Farm

COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant

 

COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant Awardees (Round 2)

During our second round of Farmer Support Grants,  we expanded our eligibility to include community gardens and collaborative projects while continuing to support farm businesses who had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and were in need of immediate financial support for one or more of the following purposes: collaborative projects, emergency food response, farm supplies, farmer income support,  food safety initiatives,  labor support,  market adaptation. Below are the 35 recipients.

9 Community Gardens
Altgeld Sawyer Comer Garden, El Jardín De Las Mariposas, Heartland Alliance Chicago Farmworks, Lemon Balm Community Permaculture Garden, Anonymous, Otis Fresh Market, Park 540 Community Garden, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Community Garden, Trickster Cultural Center  

20 Farm Businesses

A&P Paradise Garden, B.S.S.R Youth Center/Academy Farm, Catatumbo Cooperative Farm, Cedillo’s Fresh Produce, Chicago Patchwork Farms, Earnest Earth, Fresher Together, Full Circle Fungi, Good Vibes Farm, Grow and Thrive, Growing Solutions, Iyabo Farms, Mother Carr’s Farm, Prarie Earth Farms, Star Farm Chicago, Stein Learning Garden, Three Bees, Wash Tub Farms, Anonymous, Your Bountiful Harvest Family Farm

6 Collaboratives Projects

Chicago Grows Food for Grow Your Groceries Campaign ( Stein Learning Gardens), Proyecto Colaborativo Mercado de Colores (Un Nuevo Despertar), Chicago Bread Club Collaborative Project  (Chicago Bread Club), The adventure Farm (Patchwork Farms), Farm.Food. Familia Mutual-Aid Meals (Getting Grown Collective), Fresher Together BIPOC Harvest Bag (Fresher Together). 

In partnership with Slow Food Chicago

COVID-19 URBAN AGRICULTURE RESOURCES

Send recommendations to info@auachicago.org

Funding Opportunities/Information

Please note: New listings can often be found on AUA’s listserv before they are posted here.

Edna Lewis Foundation 

United States Agriculture Department 

IL/Chicago Farmers Market Information

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Chicago Farmers Market Collective

Urban Growers Collective

Illinois Farmers Market Association

Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois

Chicago and Illinois Covid19 Information

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IL Extension

Windy City Harvest Incubator

Adapted by Chicago IL COVID-19 Food Systems Rapid Response Group

Chicago and Illinois Community Garden Information

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Chicago Community Gardeners Association 

Chicago Community Gardeners Association

Chicago Community Gardeners Association

General Guidelines for Farmers and Growers

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Growing Farmers

Agricultural Justice Project

Maryland Farmers Market Association

General Information

Spreadsheet Provided by Soul Fire Farm

Spreadsheet Provided by Heal Food Alliance

Cornell Small Farms Program addressing Covid-19

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

U.S. Small Business Association

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

National Center for Farmworker Health

Food Systems Leadership Group

Online Collaborative Marketing Platforms

If farmers are looking to combine forces with other growers in their local network and organize group ordering/CSA/food hub coordination to serve their local/regional community and consumers, you may want to review the following food aggregation and delivery software.

Mercato

 

Online “Perishable Shipping” Program

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