Local Food Program Awards 125 Farmers

One hundred and twenty-five Wisconsin farmers earned funds through the 2024 Wisconsin Local Food Purchase Assistance program.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has an agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service to implement the WI LFPA program. It aims to strengthen local food systems; support Wisconsin farmers; and distribute fresh, nutritious foods to underserved communities.

The 125 recipients received amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. With the money, the farms will grow and provide food for hunger relief efforts across the state. The farmers represent 49 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. 

DATCP collaborates with producers, distributors, food security organizations, and tribal partners. These collaborations provide program development, coordinate transportation and logistics, and procure food from local producers. DATCP has partnerships with Marbleseed, the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative.

More than 95 percent of the 125 recipients are part of a socially disadvantaged or historically underserved community. Of those, 55 percent are new or beginning farmers. Women own 42 percent of the farms. Thirty-eight percent of the farmers are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. These farmers will provide their local products to communities in need throughout the state. Through technical assistance and events, these farmers will also have the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in expanding their farms into wholesale markets.

See the list of awardees: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6568e241f8d288235b676fcd/t/662b06d31f65d76f79475be8/1714095828998/2024+DIRECT+TO+FARM+GRANTEES.pdf

Learn more about the WI LFPA program: https://www.wilocalfood.org/