Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a national nonprofit that promotes the safe and humane production of meat, milk and eggs, awarded Fund-a-Farmer Grants to three Ohio farms:

• Grass Powered Poultry & Meats, located in Hillsboro and owned/operated by Dana Workman Stacey,

• Pastured Providence Farmstead, located in Chillicothe and owned/operated by Paul Dorrance; and

• South Stitch Farm, located in Athens and owned/operated by Lindsay Klaunig and Michael Barnes.



These grants are designed to expand humane farming by expanding the animals’ access to well-managed pasture. Grass Powered Poultry & Meats will use its award to build a high-tensile perimeter fence to raise beef cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys and laying hens on pasture. Pastured Providence Farmstead will use its award to purchase four Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect sheep and beef cattle on pasture. South Stitch Farm will use its grant to seed clover on 102 acres of pasture for beef cows, meat goats and dairy heifers.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with these three farms to expand humane farming and increase farm animal welfare,” said Larissa McKenna, FACT’S humane farming program director. “Small and mid-sized sustainable farms are essential to meeting consumer demand for humanely raised food but often face financial challenges due to high costs associated with economies of scale. Our organization supports farms like these by funding projects that improve animal welfare and help farmers increase their profit margins.”
 
This year, FACT awarded more than $94,000 to independent family farmers across the country to help them achieve a high level of animal welfare. Selected projects improve pasture-based farming systems and increase capacity, as well as complete capital improvements that will allow them to attain animal welfare certification.
 
The 38 grants FACT awarded in February 2019 included 20 Pasture Improvement Grants, 11 Animal Welfare Certification Grants and seven Capacity Building Grants. Since 2012, FACT has cumulatively awarded 157 grants totaling over $355,000 to family farmers across 34 states, directly impacting more than 97,000 animals.
 
A recent survey of past grant recipients found that 91 percent of the projects still are in use, 95 percent had highly improved animal welfare and 91 percent had improved the farms’ financial sustainability by improving profits, creating recurring cost savings and increasing their customer base.
 
With these grants, families in southern Ohio will have access to additional humanely raised options to bring home to their kitchen table. For more information on humane products, please visit FACT’s website at www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org. Please also visit the farms’ websites (www.GrassPoweredPoultry.com and www.pasturedprovidence.com) to learn more.
 
For more information on FACT’s farmer services, please visit www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org/farmer. In addition to awarding grants, FACT also offers mentorship, webinars and conference scholarships as part of our suite of services benefiting family farmers. If you have questions about any of these Fund-a-Farmer Grants, please contact McKenna at (773) 525-4952 or lmckenna@foodanimalconcerns.org.