Grant Award!

FIVE SPROUTS FAMILY FARM RECIEVES NATIONAL GRANT AWARD FROM FACT Grants aim to increase the number of animal welfare certified farms in the U.S.

(Chicago, IL March 21, 2018) Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a national nonprofit that promotes the safe and humane production of meat, milk, and eggs, awarded a Fund-a-Farmer Grant to Five Sprouts Family Farm located in Alexandria, OH and owned by Krista Raymond. This grant award is designed to expand humane farming by helping farms make welfare improvements to receive specified animal welfare certifications. Five Sprouts Family Farm will use their award to install fencing for rotational grazing of pigs, turkeys, and chickens to attain Animal Welfare Approved certification.

This is the second year that FACT offered grants for farm improvements that result in successful animal welfare certification. Like last year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) is generously underwriting FACT’s 2018 Animal Welfare Certification Grants.

“We are thrilled to partner with the ASPCA to provide an Animal Welfare Certification Grant to Five Sprouts Family Farm,” 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 Five Sprouts Family Farm by funding projects that improve animal welfare and also help farmers increase their profit margins.”

FACT awarded 28 grants to farms located in 19 different states with 18 Pasture Improvement Grants and 10 Animal Welfare Certification Grants. With these new grantees, FACT has now cumulatively awarded 119 grants to deserving family farmers across 31 states, directly impacting more than 83,320 animals.

A 2017 survey of 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 customers.

With this grant to Five Sprouts Family Farm, residents of Newark and the surrounding area will have 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 Five Sprouts Family Farm’s website at www.fivesproutsfamilyfarm.com to learn more.

For more information on FACT’s farmer services visit www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org/farmer. In addition to awarding grants, FACT also offers mentorship, webinars, conference scholarships, and an online farmer forum as part of our services benefiting family farmers. If you have questions about Five Sprouts Family Farm’s Fund-a-Farmer Grant award, please contact Larissa McKenna at (773) 525-4952 or lmckenna@foodanimalconcerns.org.

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FACT promotes the safe and humane production ofmeat, milk, and eggs. Learn more at www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org.

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