In celebration of Earth Day 2021, the Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization today awarded 21 micro-grants totaling $29,601 to local farmers and value-added food producers, in an effort to build a climate-friendly local economy in the Adirondack Park.
It was the sixth consecutive year that the Adirondack Council has awarded micro-grants to farmers and small business owners who want to reduce their environmental impact and adapt to a changing climate.
“The Adirondack Park’s clean water, clean air, wildlife, wilderness and communities are threatened by climate change. We want to help farmers throughout the Adirondack region to be climate friendly, energy efficient and more sustainable,” Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway said in an announcement of the grants. “Investing in our local food system now can bring benefits for years to come.”
Awarded projects include composting units for local food waste recycling, an electric-assist cargo-bike, cover cropping, energy-efficient equipment and more.
The micro-grant program has now awarded $158,997 in the last six years to 88 local farms and small businesses in the Adirondack Park, helping to preserve natural resources, enhance environmentally beneficial farming practices, produce healthy local food, and reduce energy use.
This year, the Council received 42 complete applications seeking a total of $73,395. Adirondack Council staff and Essex Farm Institute committee members were assisted by Adam Dewbury, Local Food System Director at Adirondack North Country Association, in its application review and evaluation process.
Read the full article in the New York Almanack.