I recently purchased 3 acres of farmland just outside the city limits of Madison, WI. I'm planning on turning much of the area into a sustainable system that includes bees, small animals (chickens, rabbits, ducks, etc.), aquaculture, vermiculture, and lots of varied vegetable production. This system would feed my family and those in my immediate community with healthy food, but I'd also like to extend the system further. I'd like to establish a non-profit to educate from this land, helping people learn the importance of developing healthy, small scale, local food production. I can see things like weekend workshops, guest speakers, etc.
My challenge will be, as it always is, the funding. So far I've done everything on my own one penny at a time, but my father (may he rest in peace) used to write grant proposals and get funding for all sorts of non-profit organizations. Does anyone know of an organization or foundation that would grant funding for agrarian, sustainability-related ideas like this one?
Thanks in advance!