Agriculture funding available for islands

Posted Feb. 22, 2010, at 8:41 p.m.

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute has announced a second round of funding available through the Four-Season Island Agriculture Fund, made possible by the 1772 Foundation.

This small-grant program is designed to support sustainable-agriculture projects in Maine’s unbridged year-round island communities.

The fund seeks to support farming-gardening projects that will help increase the amount of locally produced food or raise awareness about island-based agricultural efforts and heritage.

Funding priorities include capital improvement projects and professional development opportunities.

Many islanders have expressed interest in expanding their farming and gardening to increase the amount of locally produced food available on-island, and to extend their growing season. Capital improvement grants are intended to assist individuals and organizations in meeting this goal by funding projects such as cold-frame greenhouse construction, or other improvement projects.

With a growing interest from island schools and community organizations to incorporate farming and gardening into education initiatives, the professional development grants are intended to assist individuals and organizations that want to attend or lead workshops to gather and spread information about the practice and value of local sustainable agriculture.

Applications are due Monday, April 5. Individuals as well as organizations are encouraged to apply.

For information about the Four-Season Island Agriculture Fund, visit www.islandinstitute.org/silgrants.

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