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Windswept Acres, a veteran-owned 3-acre farm in Chino Valley, AZ, grows and pickles a variety of vegetables, which they sell at farmers markets. They received a $4,885.20 grant to complete two hoop houses to extend their growing season, plant pollinator-friendly perennials, and add beehives.

Despite struggling with family medical issues throughout the year, Windswept Acres was able to lay concrete footers and set up and cover a 90ร—20โ€™ hoophouse. This will allow them to produce more food throughout the year. Owner Pamela Baker also told us about their exciting community outreach project, โ€œWe have the fresh-produce food bank in place at the American Legion Post 40, which will serve approximately 500 members on a limited income, so as soon as we have the produce available, we have an outlet ready and waiting.โ€

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