New Carlisle organic farm receives Rick Bayless grant to award its sustainability, conservation

Shane Hansen, owner, and Sarah Dillon, farm manager, of Rainfield Farm in New Carlisle.

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Rainfield Farm in New Carlisle is the recipient of a 2018 Chef Rick Bayless Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant. The local farm was recognized for its sustainability projects and conservation. The $4,000 grant will be used to build a swale for flood prevention, installation of new sprinklers and fortification of caterpillar tunnels.  

Chef Rick Bayless

“We’re honored to be Indiana’s only small farm to receive the grant this year,” said Shane Hansen, Rainfield Farm’s owner. “Being a newer small farm, it’s hard to find additional funds needed to make improvements such as these. It’s great to be recognized for our conservation and efficiency efforts by the foundation.”

The Frontera Farmer Foundation was established in 2003 to attract support for small Midwestern farms. Rick and Deann Bayless, founders of the famed Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, along with the restaurants’ staff, created the foundation out of their concern for struggling farmers and the importance of local produce to the vitality of Chicago’s culinary culture. Small local farms promote biodiversity by planting a wide range of produce, are more likely to operate using organic practices, and add immeasurably to the fabric of their communities. By their artisanal approach to agriculture, these farmers insure the highest quality of food.

Rainfield is also the recipient of a USDA grant in the amount of $10,500 for a high tunnel and pollinator fields. The grant is available to assist farmers in conservation practices for cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations.

Rainfield Farm produces more than 50 varieties of vegetables for its community-supported agriculture members and wholesale accounts. You can find the farm’s products at Al’s (Michigan City, LaPorte and Karwick), Barney’s (New Buffalo), various northwest Indiana health food stores, and local juice & smoothie companies. Rainfield also participates in Michigan City Schools’ Farm to School program.

For more information about Rainfield Farm, visit: www.rainfieldfarm.com.

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