2017 APPLICATION PROCESS
MDAR is conducting a competitive bid process through a Request for Response (RFR) process to award an estimated $350,000.
MDAR’S Specialty Crop Block Grant Program has a two-phase application process. The first phase is the development of the SCBGP Application (“Form C”).
All applicants must complete, and submit the required application (Form C). Any other format will not be accepted, and the application will be deemed ineligible for funding.
The SCBGP application (form C) is due by April 14, 2017 by 4:30 pm.
The second phase is an in-person presentation of the applicant’s proposal. Applicants who are invited to the In-person proposal presentation must present their plans to an MDAR review panel and be able to answer questions regarding their proposal. Presentations should include a brief discussion of need for the project, and should further describe the project’s approach, deliverables, and specific measurable outcomes. Visual materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides) are allowed, but are not required. Presentations will be used to augment Form C and allow applicants to clarify questions in their Form C submissions.
Specialty Crops webpage: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/markets/specialty-crops.html
The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The Woods Hole Sea Grant Program is responsible for some preliminary steps, including determining a maximum of three proposals that can be submitted for one of the competitions, and gathering and submitting Letters of Intent for the other competition. Please read the Initiative RFPs carefully before submitting a Letter of Intent as we will be evaluating the letters for the smaller competition as a basis for selecting ideas that can be the basis for a maximum of three full proposals.
NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production <
This competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 between fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase domestic aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years).
Important due dates:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Letters of Intent are submitted to the National Sea Grant Program by Woods Hole Sea Grant.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST: Full proposal submissions into Grants.gov
You may earn a 15-credit Certificate or a 60-credit Associate of Sciences degree in Sustainable Food and Farming from UMass completely online.
Powisset Farm, located in Dover, Massachusetts and a property of the Trustees, is seeking Farm Crew for the 2017 growing season. We are looking for responsible, hard-working and enthusiastic people with whom to share the challenges and rewards of growing healthy food and a sustainable community.
Who We Are:
Using organic methods (although not certified), we manage a diverse vegetable operation that produces food for a 400-member summer CSA, a 100-member winter CSA, an on-site farm stand, wholesale, mobile market, and our food donation partners.
We are seeking people who are excited about sustainable farming and eager to take on the wide-range of responsibilities associated with running a fast-paced, public and busy production farm. This includes: assisting with crop production, greenhouse work, field preparations and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation, harvest and distribution, and working with groups and volunteers. You will also be expected to participate in and help run farm events throughout the season.
Who you are:
Hard working, fun loving, team player, clear communicator, who enjoys being outside in all types of weather.
Summary of Position:
Powisset Farm Field Crew assists with the core functions of CSA production. Field crew members transplant, weed, trellis tomatoes, and harvest crops. They assist in other farm duties on an as needed basis. Read more →