Mission-based PPC Farms recently placed second nationally in the PRO*ACT Cultivating Change contest, winning $10,000. The funds will enable PPC Farms to reach its goal to protect their crops from various pests and diseases without the use of pesticides and fungicides. The farm plans to purchase floating row covers for use in the farm’s organic brassica and cucurbit production.
Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are of use to complete a wide variety of sustainability and expansion projects. These projects positively impact each winning farm as well as the surrounding community.
Established in 1972, PPC Farms grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including kale, lettuce, onions, squash, tomatoes and avocados. They partner with Hardie’s Fresh Foods, a PRO*ACT fresh produce distributor and member of Greener Fields Together, a program that supports sustainability throughout the fresh produce supply chain.
“The Cultivating Change grant will allow PPC Farms to trial organic farming methods that have not been adopted in our area,” said Lois Kim, public relations director at PPC Farms. “We are expecting that the floating row covers will not only extend the growing season for our cabbages, kale and squashes, but also protect them from pests and other threats. Our success will impact not only our operation but other growers in the region.”
About Cultivating Change
Cultivating Change began in 2015 as a way to promote and support the sustainability efforts of local farmers. It provides funds for new or upgraded equipment and facilities as well as certifications. It also funds eco-driven projects that will both minimize environmental impact and maximize production. This year, 100 farms participated in the grant program. Since it’s inception, Cultivating Change has awarded more than $200,000 in grants. This year, six project proposals were recipients of a total of $55,000 in grant money. Additionally, five outstanding winners, who each will receive from $1,000 to $10,000 in grant funds, were chosen via popular vote.