To apply, complete the application form and submit it no later than July 15, 2018. Applicants who meet the requirements of the written application will be invited to an interview scheduled between July 16 and August 14, 2018. The grant start date is September 1, 2018.
This grant was established in honor of Marcia and Al Silver, supporters of Slow Food, farmers markets, and growers of all ages. It is an annual financial award for a farmer or rancher in Sonoma County, used to assist him or her in building a successful business. The grant may be used for education/conferences, farm equipment, farm infrastructure, or farm marketing services. Each grant recipient is given a one-year membership to Slow Food USA.
Slow Food is an international membership organization founded in Italy in 1997. Our chapter is Sonoma County North and is one of 2 active chapters in Sonoma County. Our mission is to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system by reconnecting those in our community with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils, and waters that produce our food. We work to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices, and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat—food that is good, clean, and fair.
Grant EligibilityThe applicant must:• be actively farming/ranching in Sonoma County, or seeking to begin a career in Sonoma County farming/ranching with demonstrated history of preparing for such a career (e.g., internship, apprenticeship, farm labor);• attend Slow Food Sonoma County North’s annual chapter meeting as a featured presenter of what he/she accomplished with the grant;• participate in appropriate chapter events whenever possible (perhaps hosting a visit to his/her ranch/farm); • submit a brief final report describing how the Slow Food grant helped in meeting his/her goals.
Examples of Needs*• Education/ConferencesE.g., The Farm Academy; Ranching for Profit; Grange Farm School; Ecological Farming Conference; California Small Farms Conference• Farm/Ranch equipment• Farm infrastructureE.g., fencing, irrigation• Farm marketing servicesE.g., website development, brochures
*All needs will be considered.
Benefits to Slow Food Grant Recipients• You will be highlighted at our annual chapter meeting;• You may participate in all Slow Food events, including farm and producer tours and farm policy discussions;• You may offer Slow Food members a tour of your farm or ranch;• You will have the opportunity to meet and network with others who believe in “good, clean, fair” food.• You will have the chance to educate members about all aspects of starting and/or operating a sustainable farm or ranch.