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Southwest Georgia Farm Credit announces Fresh from the Farm program

BAINBRIDGE — Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is partnering with local farmers markets to promote and support farmers who own/operate produce stands that sell locally grown products.

“We know how much people enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables,” said Richard Monson, chief executive officer of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. “The Fresh from the Farm program is an opportunity for us to collaborate with those farmers who sell locally grown produce at a farmers markets or U-pick operations. In addition, we know that these markets are key in developing both local and regional food systems that in turn support the sustainability of our family farms.”

Through the Fresh from the Farm initiative, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit will provide grants totaling $5,000 ($500 each) to 10 qualifying farmers markets located in the Association’s 21-county territory. Each grant recipient will receive a check for $500 and 250 reusable shopping bags for distribution to their market shoppers.

Applications for this grant are available under the News tab at SWGAFarmCredit.com or by contacting Frances Edmunds at 229-493-0140 or by email at fedmunds@swgafarmcredit.com

Completed grant applications can be mailed to Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Attention: Fresh from the Farm, 305 Colquitt Highway, Bainbridge GA 39817; emailed to fedmunds@SWGAFarmCredit.com; or faxed to 888-834-9128. Completed applications must be received by April 17.