I mentioned this yesterday, thinking about doing it for Farm To School. Schools don't qualify...however, you all do.
Here is my understanding on how it works - You must have "crop land" which is defined as a growing area - which includes gardens for personal use - that has produced before. You must plant in the land and not in pots. You can not have an income of greater than....ready for this...$750,000. You apply for it, they come out and survey the area to make sure it's level. If accepted, then you have the contract to sign, which is planting in the land, agreeing to use the land for production, and agreeing they can come back to inspect the hoop house once up - then something about a follow up data collection. I'm not sure what this follow up entails, since it's not something we'd be doing, I didn't ask her.
The program is sponsored by the USDA, and is a part of the farm bill. It is administered by Natural Resource Conservation Service, and somehow EQIP (I don't know what that stands for) has their fingers in it. Each state gets the funds, and administer it themselves, so except for the federal guidelines listed above there may some variances with your state.
I don't know if any of you are interested, but thought I'd put it out there in case you were.
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