Local Emergency Assistance Farmer Fund
If you’re a small-scale emerging farmer within 200 miles of the Twin Cities and you have lost markets or sales due to the pandemic, the LEAFF program may be able to offer you assistance. LEAFF is not a grant, but a guarantee to buy a specific dollar amount of produce from each accepted farm during the farm season, dependent on funding. Applications for the 2022 LEAFF Program are closed. Sign up here if you’d like to be notified when applications are open for our 2023 season.
LEAFF helps small-scale emerging farmers survive the loss of their typical markets due to the pandemic. LEAFF will raise funds and purchase, at fair market value, food grown by these local farmers. LEAFF is not a grant, but a guarantee to buy a set dollar amount of produce from each farm accepted into the program. Farms complete a brief application to participate which is reviewed by program partners.
Hunger Relief Support
The food purchased is donated to food shelves and other hunger relief organizations striving to offer fresh and culturally relevant produce to their communities. Efforts will focus on areas where healthy foods have been inaccessible and neighborhoods with a higher density of BIPOC residents because unemployment rates and COVID-19 have disproportionately affected these populations.
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Applications are no longer being accepted for 2022 season. Click the button below if you would like us to notify you when we open the 2023 application.
Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose is to help farmers survive loss of markets and income because of the pandemic, decrease food waste, and provide training to farmers while bringing fresh produce to people facing food insecurity.
Make a donation today! You can also help spread the word about the program to your network, or call your legislative representatives and ask them to support funding for LEAFF in Governor Walz’s proposed supplemental budget
The application is currently open to any farmers who fall into the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s definition of an emerging farmer (PDF). Applications to the LEAFF program are open to all emerging farmers, selections are made by the Farmer Evaluation subcommittee based on farmer need and funding availability.
If accepted into the LEAFF program, the amount of produce we will purchase from you depends on program funding.
After applying, farmers will be notified if they have been accepted into the program sometime in June.
We will let you know at the same time we let you know if you’ve been accepted into the program.
Produce is delivered to The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave. W. Receiving days and times for 2022 are 8am – 3pm Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Not seeing your question answered here? Check out our regularly updated Supplemental F.A.Q.
For questions about the program or application, contact David Van Eeckhout.
To have this website translated to Somali, Hmong or other Southeast Asian languages, contact Xiong Thao at 651-247-8669.
To have this website translated to Spanish, contact Aaron Blyth, or call LEDC: 651-253-7268.
Since LEAFF began in 2020, we have purchased $780,000 in produce from over 70 emerging farmers.
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Equity in the Food System
LEAFF partners recognize that our food system was built through the systemic oppression of BIPOC communities, farmers and consumers, and continues to be inequitable. Our goal is to provide resources and support to BIPOC farmers to ensure COVID-19 does not create additional barriers to success, and provides connections to new wholesale markets and technology for longer-term sustainability. We are committed to providing purchased produce to organizations supporting those facing hunger and food insecurity, whether it’s people impacted by COVID-19, communities rebuilding from protests following the murder of George Floyd, or communities that have been oppressed throughout our cities’ history.