Field Fund Grant Program

Reflecting our co-op principles and goals, Lakewinds has committed to support the local farming community through the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF).   The LOFF is a grant program designed to provide funding for farmers who are working on the development and sustainability of organics through research and development, organic certification, transitioning farms from conventional to organic, creating new farms and land trusts for organic farms. If you review the current grantees and their projects below, you’ll see that Lakewinds is open to new farmers as well as established, and wants to serve a wide variety of needs.

Lakewinds’ Organic Field Fund is open to all farmers and farming associations, but preference will be given for farmers and farming organizations located in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin.

“Our goal for this grant program was to strengthen our support of the local farming industry. Supporting the local food system is an integral part of who we are as a natural foods co-op,”
-Dale Woodbeck, General Manager

2016 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Recipients

On March 1st, the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund selection committee got together and awarded a total of $60,500 in grant funds to a group of 10 farms and farming associations.  This committee is made up of 20 people passionate about organic and sustainable agriculture, including Lakewinds Board members, staff from the office and in the stores, and an owner-at-large.  After reviewing 27 applications, we’re proud to announce this year’s recipients, and we wish them much success as they work on their projects and strengthen the local organic farming community.


Beez Kneez – Minneapolis, MN

  • Increase capacity to produce mustard products and improve efficiency of bottling honey through purchase of better processing equipment.
  • Total Funded: $5,000


Blackbrook Farm – Amery, WI

  • Build a new, larger walk-in cooler to store crops and increase offerings to markets year-round, allowing future expansion to wholesale businesses.
  • Total Funded: $8,000


Cartledge Family Farm – Aniwa, WI

  • Transition 150 acres from conventional to sustainable organic agriculture, repair erosion, improve soil condition and integrate buffer areas.
  • Total Funded: $8,000


Crazy Boy Farm – Rush City, MN

  • Set up fencing for an intensive rotational grazing system, corral and sorting and loading area to provide healthy conditions for livestock and expand CSA offerings.
  • Total Funded: $6,000


Fox & Fawn Farm – New Germany, MN

  • Third and final year of funding for the diversified planting of new and uncommon crops to the region including nuts, berries and other fruits.
  • Total Funded: $3,000


Joia Food Farm – Charles City, IA

  • Purchase cultivator for organic row crop production and complete organic certification.
  • Total Funded: $2,000


MOSES (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service) – Spring Valley, WI

  • Fund Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program, pairing 35 newer farmers with experienced organic mentor farmers.
  • Total Funded: $8,000


Seed to Seed – Balsam Lake, WI

  • Purchase a 15,000 sq. ft. high tunnel to grow heirloom, roma and beefsteak tomatoes sold to Lakewinds Food Co-op.  This will extend the growing season significantly and improve the quality and taste of the tomatoes.
  • Total Funded: $8,000


Turnip Rock Farm – Clear Lake, WI

  • Enclose current vegetable packing shed to help pass GAP/GHP certification and make usable during winter months to expand winter produce offerings.
  • Total Funded: $5,000


Urban Roots - St. Paul, MN

  • Expand organic food and farming education for 60 diverse and low-income youth on St. Paul’s East Side.
  • Total Funded: $7,500

Past LOFF Recipients

For more information about past LOFF Grant Recipients, follow these links: