Below is a list of resources available to support farmers during COVID-19. This list will be updated with new info weekly.
Farming During COVID – WSDA Regional Markets Program
Small and direct marketing farms must follow the Washington State COVID-19 requirements for agricultural employers and guidelines for retail to prevent exposure and spread of the coronavirus. This page provides resources to help small farms understand how to apply these safety practices and preventive measures in their own operations.
Agriculture relief funding and programming – Relief efforts announced for agricultural workers immigrants
In response to COVID-19, Governor Inslee has directed the procurement and distribution of PPE, cloth face coverings and sanitation supplies to reach agricultural workers. Additionally, the Food Production Paid Leave Program will offer leave to food production workers that remain home when ill.
Safe Food Handling Practices
Please review the US Food and Drug Administration’s FAQ’s regarding COVID-19, scroll down to “Food Products”. Please also review the FDA’s Safe Handling Protocols for your farm.
Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund
Over $50,000 has been raised and distributed to farmers in Clallam and Jefferson Counties as forward contracts to then “pay back” the fund with product going directly to local food banks and hunger relief organizations. Learn more here.
Small Business Administration – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. You can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. Visit www.sba.gov for a list of SBA lenders.
Financial Support for Small Farm & Food Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: King County DNRP Agriculture Program has collected local, state and federal resources for Washington State food and farm businesses impacted by the spread of COVID-19 in a single document. Most federal support for farms comes through USDA crop insurance and FSA disaster programs.
Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19: The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. We will add to this list as more resources become available.
- Assessing your financial institution
- Unemployment help
- Trouble paying credit cards, mortgage, or rent
- Student loans deferment
- Short term and emergency loans
- Paying utilities, insurance issues, avoiding scams
Washington Law Help
Get legal help and info.
USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs
USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19 – The Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub was created through USDA’s cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University. Local and regional farms and facilities tend to be more vulnerable to market disruptions as they are operated by smaller, new/beginning, historically underserved or low resourced producers and business owners.
This searchable database contains insights and educational material from 16 partner organizations to help local and regional food producers and businesses adapt their market strategies in the current environment.
USDA offers a variety of programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.
USDA Rural Development – USDA is granting lenders a temporary exception to offer payment deferrals for Agency guaranteed loan programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Resources – Washington State Department of Agriculture
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resources in Washington State – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Business resources which includes information on financial assistance and SBDC resiliency webinars.
Keep up to date about COVID-19:
Washington State Department of Health
Jefferson County Public Health
Kitsap Public Health District
Friday WSU Food Systems COVID-19 Hub Meetings: Platform to convene leaders from across WSU and the Washington food system for a weekly action-based networking meeting – Fridays from 10am – 12pm. The goal is to leverage all participants’ unique skill sets to better collaborate, and to assess and respond to COVID-19 related needs on an ongoing basis. Farmers and farm businesses encouraged to attend.
Oregon Tilth: Ongoing webinar series and offerings for farmers dealing with COVID-19
Washington Young Farmers Coalition: COVID-19 resource list
Farm Direct Sales Sofware list and comparison
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI): Comprehensive list of COVID-19 Resources and shared practices
The Local Food Trust – The mission of The Local Food Trust is to strengthen communities by bringing philanthropy to food and farming.
Clallam County Specific:
Clallam County Economic Development Council Business Support
Check our their website with the latest information for Clallam County.
Jefferson County Specific:
LION Announces COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program
LION, the Local Investing Opportunities Network, has established a new loan program for Jefferson County businesses and non-profits needing funding to deal with the COVID-19 emergency. The loan application and instructions are downloadable from the the LION website at http://L2020.org/lion/. A fast track process has been established to handle the applications. Further information about the LION COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program can be obtained from Brian Kuh, email@example.com, (360) 379-4693.
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Jefferson Community Foundation – along with partners United Good Neighbors and the Housing Solutions Network – launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This emergency funding campaign will support local nonprofits and community-serving government agencies that help meet basic human needs and are facing an increased demand for services or are dealing with their own organization’s financial hardship. Anyone can make a donation by clicking here. People can give to a general fund or directly to one of the local organizations who has registered with the campaign. The list of organizations will grow in the upcoming days and weeks to come as more response efforts are rolled out. Organizations that want to have needs posted – ones that help meet basic human needs and are facing an increased demand for services or are dealing with their own organization’s financial hardship – can email Jen Kingfisher or call her 360.385.1729.
Kitsap County Specific:
Kitsap Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap County, the Unity in the Community COVID-19 Response Fund will rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofits and individuals in Kitsap and North Mason County. With an emphasis on increasing resiliency in disproportionately affected nonprofits and their associated workers in our community, this fund will address the economic impact of reduced and lost revenue and wages due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak.