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Farm Credit Awards Emmanuel University Grant for Raised Bed Garden

AgGeorgia Farm Credit recently awarded $55,000 to twelve local non-profit organizations as part of the cooperative’s Community Mission Fund. The grant program was established in 2023 to support endeavors that further the future of agriculture and enhance life in rural Georgia.  Forty-eight grant applications were received, and awards of up to $5,000 per application were distributed in the fourth quarter.

Emmanuel University was selected as a recipient and its Agriculture Department used the $4,970 grant to provide a raised bed demonstration area and training courses for agriculture students, homeowners, and commercial growers.  “Many thanks to AgGeorgia for supporting agricultural education in all schools,” said Owen Thomason, Agriculture Department Chair at Emmanuel.  “At the college level, many times funds are not available to enhance our teaching and learning experiences. Through the AgGeorgia Community Mission Fund grant program, Emmanuel University has been able to develop a raised bed garden that will be used by our students and the local community.  This demonstration and research area is already in use by our classes and hopefully in the near future as an example for local fruit and vegetable growers."

AgGeorgia Farm Credit will accept applications for the 2024 Community Mission Fund until June 30, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the AgGeorgia Farm Credit Community Mission Fund page at aggeorgia.com/community-mission-fund.