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Episode 11: Ariana Taylor-Stanley

HOBBY FARMS PRESENTS: GROWING GOOD


You asked, and we found your answer! Everyone is looking for funding for farm projects, and this episode’s guest explains the ins and outs of popular and less-known USDA and NRCS grant programs. Ariana Taylor-Stanley talks about her work with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and why that matters to each of us farming. Learn about “organizing”—but not the kind of organizing that your tool shed desperately needs—and about how you as an individual can help to shape farm policy and shift systems to benefit small-scale agriculture.

Ariana also tells us about her Here We Are Farm in Trumansburg, New York, raising vegetables and dairy sheep, and running a CSA plus having a farmers market presence. She gets real about the complicated relationship she has with owning and farming on the stolen land of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people and how she’s examining the ways in which her farm fits into oppressive social systems. Learn, too, about how she’s able to accept SNAP/EBT for CSA shares through the Healthy Food For All organization.

Lastly, Ariana offers her professional advice on how to apply for the government programs offering funds for high tunnels, pollinator plots, cover crops and more, starting with who to call in the first place.

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