Adirondack Council awards 12 micro-grants to farms

Mark Twain Maple Works’ sugar shack is on Lake Street in Saranac Lake, seen here in March 2018. Adirondack Daily Enterprise

ELIZABETHTOWN — In celebration of Earth Day 2023, the Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization recently awarded 12 micro-grants totaling $26,000 to local farmers and value-added food/beverage/fiber producers. The initiative is an effort to support climate-friendly economic activity in the Adirondack Park.

The Essex Farm Institute, a project of the Adirondack Council, supports local sustainable agriculture by working directly with farms and by advocating for soil health, habitat connectivity and climate change mitigation. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Adirondack Council has awarded micro-grants to farmers and small business owners who want to reduce their environmental impact and adapt to a changing climate. This year’s application drew proposals from almost two dozen small and mid-size agricultural enterprises as well as projects featuring collaboration between farmers.

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