The Farmer Fund exists to support our farmers in the face of natural disaster and help keep farmers farming.
The Farmer Fund provides an economic "stop loss" for our agricultural producers after natural disasters which include but are not limited to tornado, flood, storms and damages resulting from them. We aim to help rebuild farms after natural disasters so that farmers can continue to serve our community.
- Established GA Farms serving Metro Atlanta through a farmers market, CSA or restaurants.
- Must be a producer/grower (not a reseller)
- Must be a current member of:
(a) a metro Atlanta farmers market,
(b) must serve a minimum of 50 people through CSA or
(c) sell to three Metro Atlanta restaurants on a regular basis.
- Need is due to forces beyond the Farm's control including but not limited by:
- Monetary relief restricted to:
(a) Repair of damaged equipment or buildings
(b) Replacement of seed/permaculture, equipment, land lease, livestock, energy-fuel-power. Limit award to provide temporary continuation of operation.
- The request should include specific actions for farm recovery. There is an expectation of remedial action where changed farming practices can prevent future occurrences of the problem.
- If you are not sure if you qualify please apply.
We Do Not FUND
- Medical or health issues for farmers or their families
- Personal homes or vehicles
- Damages to farms, crops, farm infrastructure
- Damages must be due to sudden natural disasters
- Funds must be used to repair/rebuild farms to keep them operational
- Farms must be in Georgia
- Farms must feeding metro Atlanta via farmers
markets, CSAs and/or restaurants
We will match the funds raised by a farm up to $2,000.
We recommend farmers partner with the community they serve for example an event at their farmers market, donations from CSA members or a benefit at the restaurants they serve.
- The award is limited to $2,000 annually. Farms will be limited to one award every 3 years for the same event type: flood, storm, fire, etc.
- Evaluation of the request will by the grant review committee of The Farmer Fund with final approval by The Farmer Fund Advisory Board.
- Grant recipients will be subject to a 1099 for the grant income.
Disaster Assistance Resources
Farmers Market Coalition Resources
FMC's Disaster Resource Page is now updated with the following resources supporting farmers in Puerto Rico and California:
- Regrow Puerto Rico
- Support Small Farmers in Vieques, Puerto Rico
- Ag Community Relief (collecting donations to replace fencing lost in the California wildfires)
- Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster Fund (for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, & Maria)
CLICK HERE for the full list of FMC resources, including those that support relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.