For the third year, Carolina Farm Credit distributed grants from its Corporate Mission Fund. Over 100 applicants applied for grant funding this year. $143,915 was donated to 27 local organizations and 8 college students in 2017, an increase from last year’s $140,000.
“Our Corporate Mission Fund allows us an opportunity to support grass roots organizations that are making a difference in their rural communities. We are also thrilled to be able to support these college students further their education with the scholarships.” Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit.
Alexander Central High School FFA – Funds will be used to build a structure to house a portable livestock handling facility in order to educate Animal Science students and local producers about Beef Quality Assurance guidelines and safe handling practices.
Agribusiness Henderson County – (http://www.agrihc.org/) Grant funds will be used to develop six short promotional video as part of marketing efforts for farmers and agribusiness operations. Videos will focus on Produce/Fruit, Green Industry Products, Wine/Cider, Meat/Dairy, and Ag-Related Services.
Alamance Soil & Water Conservation – (https://www.alamance-nc.com/swcd/) Funds will be used to purchase a no-till drill for local use.
Back in the Woods Again – (http://www.backinthewoodsagain.com/) Funds will be used to provide a safe hunting environment to wheelchair bound individuals, children with disabilities and other individuals that could not otherwise hunt.
Barlett Yancey FFA/Agricultural Education – Funds will be used for building materials for an animal building for the new Animal Science program at the school.
Bit of Hope Ranch (http://bitofhoperanch.org/ – Funds from the grant will be used to improve the accessibility of the facility to enhance the therapeutic services of the operation.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (www.brwia.org/) – Funds will be used to renovate the root crop storage that the High Country Food Hub maintains. Renovations will bring the space into compliance with the Farm Modernization Safety Act.
Carolina Antique Power Associations – Funding will be used to complete the Carolina Antique Power Associations museum interior and exterior signage.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association – (https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/) Funds will be used to replace the current irrigation system with a new version with enhanced technology.
Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association (https://www.nccattle.com/ )– Funds will be used to purchase an enclosed and secure trailer to transport cooking supplies to fundraising BBQ’s.
Central Carolina Holstein Association – Funds will be used for repairs and renovations of the barn facility in China Grove that has been used by the agricultural community since 1965.
Cleveland Community College Foundation, Inc.(http://www.clevelandcc.edu/index.php?page=foundation – Funds will be used to purchase grain bin rescue materials for use in the “Agricultural Machinery Rescue” course. This course provides critical training, exercises, and mitigation techniques for emergencies involving agricultural machinery.
Elkin High School Agriculture Program – Funds will be used towards the Land and Stream Hands On Learning Project which includes: hatching and raising trout, releasing them into the local Elk Creek for conservation efforts; implementation of a greenhouse on school property, implementation of an Orchard to the property, and selling of the plants/trees.
Forest Equipment Operator Training School, Inc. (http://www.forop.org/ ) – Funds will be used towards recruitment of retiring and returning veterans as well as training and assistance in job placement.
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market (http://waynesvillefarmersmarket.com/ ) – Funding will be used toward a multifaceted marketing campaign that includes permanent signage at the market, banners at athletic fields, and other means of advertising.
Iredell – Statesville Schools Occupational Course of Study – Funds will be used to build a greenhouse and the necessary items required for the daily operations. The products grown will be used to operate a student-run produce stand, used in classroom cooking and nutrition classes, and donated to a local food bank.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Transylvania Center (https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/ ) – Funds will be used to purchase a livestock scale. The scales will be available to the local producers and 4-H students in order to allow them to participate in value-added marketing programs and adding value to the animals.
Oak Grove High School FFA – Funding will be used to purchase a school set of Official FFA Jackets for their new FFA program.
Pfeiffer University (http://serve.pfeiffer.edu/agency/detail/?agency_id=74451 )– Funding will be used to make improvements to the Hunger Garden. The improvements will provide access for elderly and disabled volunteers.
Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group Coop – (https://www.ppfgco-op.com/) Grant funds will be used to purchase a trailer/refrigeration unit for local farmer use.
Ridgecrest Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. – Funds will be used to purchase and upgrade specialized equipment used to assist with agricultural rescue operations.
Southwestern Community College Small Business Center (https://www.southwesterncc.edu/workforce-innovations/small-business-center/small-business-center )– Funding will be used towards the expenses of the 4th annual Appalachian Farm School for farmers. This program provides technical assistance, workshops, and other resources to local farmers.
The Patterson School Foundation (http://pattersonschoolfoundation.org/)– Funding will be used to construct a greenhouse to use for starting seeds and transplants. This project will also serve as a teaching space for workshops.
Veterans Healing Farm (veteranshealingfarm.org/)– Funds will be used for equipment in support of the new program, “Farmer Veteran Boot Camp.” This program will train veterans in sustainable agriculture, holistic health, and renewable energy.
Victory Junction(https://victoryjunction.org/) – Funds will be used to purchase a horse trailer that will allow the therapeutic riding center to transport horses to local horse shows and Special Olympics.
Wilkes Early College High School – Funds will be used towards a Beekeeping program that has been recently added. Students will be mentored by veteran beekeepers and will gain invaluable hands on experience.
Stay tuned for more from our Corporate Mission Fund! Applications re-open January 1, 2018!
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