Slow Food St. Louis is now accepting applications for the Biodiversity Farmer Micro-Grants. Slow Food St. Louis has awarded approximately $50,000 to over 40 farmers since 2009 supporting the cultivation of over 200 different heirloom varieties and heritage breeds. We are committed to allocating at least 25% of our funding to supporting producers selling in food deserts. We are offering grant money ($10,000 for 2014) to further support biodiversity in the St. Louis (and surrounding area) food system. We are now accepting grant applications for the 2014 growing season. Grant award amounts will be between the amounts of $200 to $1,000; however, the grant committee reserves the right to offer funding above these amounts.
Heirloom varieties are defined as a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations and is not used in large-scale agriculture. Many varieties are listed with the Slow Food Ark of Taste, Seed Savers and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that date back several generations, before the drastic reduction of breed variety caused by the rise of industrial agriculture.
Mail completed applications to Kelly@slowfoodstl.org