The Growing Tomorrow Grant was created to help inspire, encourage, and nurture young agricultural professionals and entrepreneurs to find creative and transformative ways to address challenges facing the agricultural sector today, and to generate wider and deeper public understanding of farming and the ways that agriculture impacts our nation and our communities.
This grant-making program is the brainchild of Mike Boyert, an Ohio Farm Bureau northeast regional trustee, and his wife Patti. Mike and Patti, residents of Medina County, remember well the struggles they encountered when they started their farming careers, and the difficulties they faced in starting, growing, and sustaining their farming business. The Growing Tomorrow Grant program is Mike and Patti’s way of ensuring that creative young farmers can access opportunities they did not have, and enabling these young professionals to use their skills to alleviate the difficulties facing agriculture today, including a lack of public education regarding the importance of farms within the US food system and the significant economic hardships facing rural communities and farm workers.
The Growing Tomorrow Grant program will provide grants to new or early-stage agricultural businesses. Grants will focus on supporting, among other activities:
The creation of long-term sustainable employment opportunities within Ohio farming communities.
Educational opportunities to enable better public understanding of agriculture, help farmers learn from each other, and teach new and different agricultural methodologies.
Businesses that use or demonstrate the viability of agricultural techniques that center environmental stewardship.
Farmers actively working to support and sustain the communities in which they live.
By funding creative and transformative agricultural solutions, the Growing Tomorrow Grant aims to help young farmers, strengthen public understanding of agriculture, and ensure the sustainability and vitality of agricultural communities for generations to come.
Check back in early 2024 for specific award information and deadlines to apply for this grant!
For questions regarding the Growing Tomorrow Grant, please contact the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation at [email protected].