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Anybody here utilized this resource yet? I haven't seen any posts about this, but it's a great opportunity for folks who want to get a free greenhouse. You have to be actually making money as a farm, but I've had several friends get one of these grants. Just wanted to put it out there for people who might not know about it, but are potentially eligible.

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Hello Isaac!  I have thought about using NRCS for perimeter fencing and high tunnel, but am worried about the government getting too "in my shorts".  Sounds like you have experience with this, so what has been your impression about their oversight?  Is it ongoing, and/or are there stipulations about what you have to do with the site afterwards?

 
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We utilized this grant for the Crescent City Food Forest I helped design and get going. I did not have to do any of the paperwork, but it was very helpful for sheltering both plants and people during our dark rainy winters. I do think it had the caveat that it had to be used primarily for in ground plantings (tomatoes, peppers, and subtropical perennials), but part could be used for starts.
 
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