As of July 1, 2017 GBCFC will no longer have any reserved budgetary funds for making donations of any kind, including but not limited to:
We have decided to re-appropriate all such funds towards our Farmer MicroLoan Program. This program will offer new and existing farmers $1,000 loans for development of their agricultural infrastructure. This can include anything from solar pumps, irrigation materials, seeds, tools, etc. The loans are repayable via crops, due upon the next harvest season that the farmer is in production.
This effort ties back to our ends policies, specifically number 5, as it helps direct the creation of “A stronger local food system, which includes a marketplace that uses fair and just buying practices to support growers, vendors, and artisans from within our food shed.” Of course it also supports the classic “Broad access to local and organic food” ends policy. For more information on this program please contact our General Manager, Amber Sallaberry, at firstname.lastname@example.org