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Three smiling people behind display of turnips, carrots, and eggplants5 Loaves Farm, a 1-acre agricultural nonprofit in Buffalo, NY, provides sustainably-grown fruit, vegetables, honey, and maple syrup to residents and opportunities for local youth, immigrants, and refugees to work and grow food. They received a $4,998 grant to increase their sustainability by improving soil health, replacing sprinklers with drip irrigation, extending their growing season with a new hoop house, installing pollinator plantings, and subsidizing several CSA shares for at-risk youth interns and their families.

5 Loaves has been busy! They installed pollinator plantings, berry trellising, silage tarps, and drip irrigation to their existing hoop houses. Farm Director Matt Kauffman told us they’ve β€œalready reduced water that was being used through overhead irrigation.” They have also procured and used compost from a local producer and were able to take on a larger staff and more youth interns! These changes will help them improve soil health, support pollinators, increase yields, and provide their community with culturally appropriate produce.


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