For nearly two decades our friends at Successful Farming magazine have sponsored the Farm Family Grant program. These grants are awarded to farm families across the nation that are planning to make their farm a safer place for themselves, their employees, and those who may visit. Families are asked to explain in one page the planned project, the total cost, how it will improve safety and/or health, and information about the family members on the farm. The deadline for these applications was early September. This year we received an overwhelming amount of submissions and are very delighted to see so many families dedicated to improving the safety of their farm.
The winners of the 2013 Successful Farming Farm Family Grants are as follows:
- Ivette Armstrong, a single mother of three from Bristow, Oklahoma. Ivette will use her grant to update electrical switches and lighting in her barn.
- Jane Bell of Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, Maine will purchase two-way radios for her children and grandchildren to be used while doing animal chores on the farm.
- David Gringeri is a 15 year old boy from West Haven, Vermont and needed a pair of earmuffs, a fuel shut off cable for his tractor, and a trailer breakaway kit.
- John and Ashley Hayward from North Yarmouth, Maine will buy new corral panels to herd their 4-H sheep a little easier.
- Aeyles Farm along with farm manager, David Henke in Goshen, Virginia is part of an ag-tourism circuit and gives frequent tours to youth. With the funds provided, Aeyles Farm plans to get six beehive safety kits and six sets of plastic earmuffs.
- Christoff and Kelli Just have two girls and a boy running around their Berlin, North Dakota farm. They will purchase five new fire extinguishers to make their farm a safer place.
- A dairy located in Courtland, Minnesota will be equipped with two “children at play” signs, three pairs of earmuffs, three pairs of safety glasses, a SMV sign and replacement stickers, and a warning sign for their manure lagoon. Michele and Jason Schroeder will keep their kids safe for sure!
- A family of three (and one on the way), Scott, Kayla, and Aubrey Venner from Carroll, Iowa will now have the money to start putting up a fence around their outdoor play set for Aubrey and the new baby.
- Kimberly Young and Maple Sugar Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont will purchase steel toed boots for her two children working on their organic dairy farm.
- Flying Feathers 4-H Club in Creedmoor, North Carolina will soon have five new riding helmets to make riding horses a safer activity. Kim Holmes, the group’s leader, will have some very happy 4-Her’s!
Thank you for all that applied and the support from Successful Farming magazine!