Grant funds aim to help farmers adapt to COVID, climate change

The Adirondack Council awarded 10 micro-grants totaling over $32,000  to local farmers, in an effort to address COVID-19 and climate change.

The seven environmental projects being funded by the micro-grant program cover a variety of projects, such as solar-powered refrigeration, storm water runoff management, rotational livestock, grazing, solar-powered fencing and irrigating, super-efficient greenhouses, crop diversification and the replacing of diesel powered tractors with tools that won’t pollute the environment.

The other three micro-grants were awarded to local farmers who sought financial assistance during COVID-19, and the $13,500 awarded to them will be used to finance supplies for a farm-run meal service, in which pre-prepared meals will be delivered to local households. Funds will also be diverted to personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves for farm employees. The grants awarded will enable the farmers to remain viable during this public health crises.

About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor , combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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