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Stonyfield Launches Grant-a-Wish Program For Organic Farmers

Stonyfield Launches Grant-a-Wish Program For Organic Farmers

Although there is tremendous consumer demand for authentic organic dairy products, it takes a great deal of time and money to take those products from idea to reality.

That’s why Stonyfield Farm, one of the country’s leading producers of organic yogurt products, has launched the Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program to help fund innovative organic farming projects that can make a strong environmental impact or improve the long-term viability of organic farming.

Judges from Stonyfield and Organic Valley, the organic farming cooperative that produces milk for all Stonyfield products, selected six finalists from a pool of 72 farmer submissions representing 17 states from California to Maine. Farmers’ submissions were judged on their projects’ environmental impact, ability to sustain organic farming practices, and innovation.

Beginning this month, consumers can learn about the six finalists on Stonyfield’s Facebook page where project details and videos created by the six farmers themselves will be featured.

Consumers can vote online for the grant amounts to be awarded to each farmer. Stonyfield Farm will award a total of $31,000 in grants: one $10,000, two $7,500, and three $2,000 grants will be announced this March.

If you’re skeptical about the fact that organic dairy products like Stonyfield yogurt are worth the extra couple of dollars they may cost, check out these helpful stories from the Care2 community:

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8:54AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Grazie.

1:42PM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Noted. Thank you.

10:50PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Noted...thanx

11:14AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

One of our local health food stores promotes local organic produce. I've had the pleasure of eating many fine cheeses, vegetables and fruits. Look to your local organic farmers for some interesting and unique products...its well worth your while.

6:27AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Go vegan!

6:02AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

THANKS

7:31PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

awesome! I voted!

4:34PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

Thanks for what you do!

12:09PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

Thanks for sharing! Everyone should buy organic, and then it would be easier and cheaper for companies to go organic. We need to start learning about our food and be familiar with where it comes from, instead of being so removed from it. It all starts at universities and until critical, cooperative dialogue begins, even something as basic as food is in the hands of the "free market.”
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8:25AM PST on Jan 10, 2011

Thank you! Although a lacto-veg for 28 years, I am now going vegan, and so will no longer be purchasing yoghurt. I do buy organic often, despite having been laid-off from the film industry a year ago, and having to pay more for organic is not easy for me. I just remember that every purchase of organic tallies in and encourages the producers to take notice. Eventually, the prices may go down if more and more of us purchase organic whenever possible.

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