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The FruitGuys Community Fund supports farms, farmers, and policies that allow for greater environmental, economic, and community health by providing small grants of up to $5,000 for projects that have big impacts.
We believe that small independent American farms are catalysts for environmental and economic self sufficiency, sustainability, and food access. Independent farmers can lead their communities as models of self-reliance and land stewardship. It is our vision that "from a small seed the world can be sustained" and this underlies our core belief that those projects that ripple out beyond the farm are valuable not just for the farmer but for the world at large. Our goal is to seek projects that are good for those who grow and that grow those who want to do good.
The FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, grew out of The Farm Steward Program at The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company based in South San Francisco. Between 2008 and 2011, the Farm Steward Program gave grants to small farms for environmental sustainability efforts, to develop heirloom crop resources, and as crop-bridge funds. In 2013, the Community Fund made its first five grants to farms in California and Pennsylvania; In 2014, eight grants were awarded to farms in Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and California.