COVID-19 has created opportunities and challenges for family scale farmers. As farmers pivot to new practices to meet the demands of the time, new needs emerge. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the Appalachian Impact Fund, Community Farm Alliance, and the Community and Economic Initiative of Kentucky have partnered to create the Central Appalachian Family Farm Fund to help farmers care for these emerging needs. This fund will provide one-time grants of up to $750 to family scale farmers in southeastern Kentucky to assist them in meeting the new demands brought about by COVID-19. Family owned farms with fewer than ten employees in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Clinton, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Whitley, Wolfe. Recipients are encouraged to partner with a local food pantry, backpack program, or other food security program to which they can provide their seconds and excess products.
For more information or to apply, visit the Central Appalachian Family Farm Fund portal here. Applications are due Friday, June 26, 2020 at 7PM EDT Don’t delay in applying! The first round of grants have been allocated, awarding 73 Southeastern Kentucky Farmers.