On February 20, the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund selection committee came together and awarded $63,167 in grants to 10 farms in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The committee is made up of 14 people passionate about local organic and sustainable agriculture, including Lakewinds board members, staff, and a previous LOFF grant recipient. We’re proud to announce this years recipients, and we wish them great success as they work on their projects.

Alternative Roots Farm – Madelia, MN

  • Construct a walk-in cooler for fruit and vegetable storage that incorporates “passive cooling” technology.
  • Total funded: $8,000

Johnson Family Pastures – Centuria, WI

  • Install fence, water lines, and shelters to convert a fallow hay field to a three-acre pig pasture.
  • Total funded: $5387


Loon Organics

Loon Organics – Hutchinson, MN

  • Construct a winterized greenhouse as the final phase of a pack shed improvement and season extension project.
  • Total funded: $5,330

Pettit Pastures – Foley, MN 

  • Plant a windbreak of 300 hybrid hazel nut shrubs and 30 red oak trees to prevent erosion, allowing for soil quality restoration.
  • Total funded: $4,000

Prairie Drifter Farm

Prairie Drifter Farm – Litchfield, MN

  • Begin multi-year agroforestry project, includes establishing an apple and hazelnut orchard.
  • Total funded: $5,350

Racing Heart Farm – Colfax, WI

  • Construct a packing and storage facility to meet food safety standards, increase storage capacity, and extend the season.
  • Total funded: $8,000

Sin Fronteras Farm & Food

Sin Fronteras Farm & Food – Stillwater, MN

  • Purchase essential tractor equipment to improve weed and pest control without endangering soil structure.
  • Total funded: $8,000

Solar Fresh Produce – Buffalo, MN

  • Improve and upgrade cold storage facility to increase produce quality and safety.
  • Total funded: $1,750

Spring Wind Farm – Northfield, MN

  • Upgrade greenhouse with energy efficient in-floor heat to increase product quality and introduce a winter CSA program.
  • Total funded: $8,000

Twin Organics – Northfield, MN

  • Repair greenhouses to increase quality and production of vegetables, and to offer greenhouse space to beginning growers.
  • Total funded: $8,000

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