The Board of the Blooming Prairie Foundation is pleased to report that they have awarded over $3 Million since 2005, to promote innovative ideas, practices and procedures in the area of organic and natural foods in order to further the health of the people, the health of the environment and cooperative ideals.
Angelic Organics Learning center
The Farmer Training Initiative will develop the organic industry by providing more than 250 beginning farmers with the training and resources they need to develop viable, sustainable farm businesses. The project will deliver a suite of successful farmer training programs led by Angelic Organics Learning Center, including Stateline Farm Beginnings, Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer training alliance, the “Farm Dreams” workshop and the Farm Asset Builder program.
Cooperative Development Services: Small & Strong
There are over 100 existing small food co-op (annual sales <$3 million) who would benefit from a regular program of training and technical assistance, but because of their size and small net income, lack the ability to obtain needed support. With four other development organizations, we propose to host a 4-5 session webinar series in 2017 to support small co-ops in all parts of the US.
Dekalb County community gardens
This proposal is for the purchase of currant and raspberry bushes for Walnut Grove Vocational Farm Program. The farm will use organic methods with the currants and berries to teach horticulture and agriculture skills on a working farm to individuals with various handicaps enabling them to be trained in organic growing methods, and to become fully engaged and integrated into the larger community.
Fairshare CSA coalition
This project will provide on-going support for FairShare's Farmer-to-Farmer educational programming, culminating in a new Organic Vegetable Production Conference for organic producers in WI, MN, IA, and IL. The specific details of the proposed programming and conference are based on direct input from our coalition of 59 farms and evaluation data from the broader network of farms connected with FairShare.
FOndy Food Center
The Milwaukee Farmers Market Connection is dedicated to increasing access to, and utilization of, Milwaukee area farmers markets by low-income consumers. A multi-sector coalition of partners is working together to identify and implement strategies to create policy, environmental, and systems changes across the farmers market system in the region to more equitable and increase access to healthy food for those most in need.
Michael fields agricultural institute
In order to succeed in today's markets, farmers must be sustainable financially, as well as environmentally. By expanding Michael Fields Agricultural Institute's summer business planning course we are ensuring our farmers are prepared for any obstacle that may come their way.
Currently many Oneida families have severe limits on their access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We propose to address those limits by teaching community members to build raised bed gardens and grow their own food.
The goal of this project is to examine how soil health affects the nutritive quality of the plants grown used for human consumption. Literature has shown that organic agriculture is not only better for soil health but better for environmental health as well.
Growing Youth Leadership is a collaborative youth development program that engages 10-12 teens in intensive urban agriculture education, leadership development, and job training. Teens grow a wide range of chemical-free produce in urban gardens, learn to make natural preserves and body care products, sell their harvest and value-added products at farmer's markets, and participate in educational service projects designed to improve individual and community well-being.
Center for Rural Affairs
In this project, Greenhouse and Garden-Grown Organic School Communities, CFRA will build on our 2015 pilot project to work with 4-5 new schools to use school greenhouses and/or gardens for edible organic production, which will provide food for school meals, educate students about the sources of their food, and teach entrepreneurial skills. As we do so, we will build additional resources and networks to continue to expand this project and sustan this work.
The Cornucopia Institute seeks support to complete the update and rollout of its popular organic dairy report and scorecard and the continuation of its effort to remove the dangerous ingredient carrageenan from organic food. Cornucopia seeks further support for its NOSB Watch efforts, defending organic integrity, and its marketplace activism aimed at protecting farmers, consumers, and ethical retailers from fraud and suspect imports.
EarthDance requests support from BPF in order to train aspiring growers in the St. Louis area through our unique part-time Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program. As a result of this project, 30+ growers will be empowered to start new farming endeavors, found school and community gardens, and advance the good food movement.
Food co-op initiative
FCI is requesting a 5-year commitment of $50,000 annually to fund a minimum of 5 Seed Grants each year and an additional matching grant of up to $50,000 to expand the program and to support the travel and technical assistance expenses related to these grants. FCI will use the matching grant to challenge National Cooperative Bank and National Co+op Grocers to increase their annual support and to recruit new sponsors.
Hmong american farmers association
Hmong American farmers are at the forefront of the local foods movement in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. However, lack of access to new markets (besides the farmers markets), fueled by language barriers and high infrastructural costs, have led to great income disparities between Hmong farmers and other mainstream vegetable growers. This proposal seeks funding to support the bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff of the Hmong American Farmers Association’s (HAFA) marketing cooperative to intensively work with Hmong farmers to build their capacity and self-efficacy so that they can pass a good agricultural practices (GAP) audit and thus access more markets.
With help from the Blooming Prairie Foundation the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service will bring education, support and resources to farmers interested in organic production. A diversity of projects, including one‐on‐one mentoring, written and online resources, supported by customized answers to farmer’s questions and more will help over 16,656 farmers utilize more organic practices and become more sustainable.
REAP Food Group
This proposal will increase the number of farms selling local produce to the Madison Metropolitan School District, the amount of local food served, and the education opportunities for students surrounding farm to school produce. REAP will improve the procurement mechanisms, broker farm-district relationships, and bring focus to educational concepts during the summer and academic year food programs.
Urban Roots is more than a farm, providing 30 teenagers with paid internships and the chance to learn where food comes from, the value of meaningful hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community.