Arizona's Own Black Mesa Ranch Wins Fund-a-Farmer Grant

We have big news to share!

Through the Fund-a-Farmer ProjectFood Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently awarded nearly $41,000 in grants to family farmers across the country to help them transition and/or improve access to pasture-based systems. We are proud to announce that long-time Local First Arizona member Black Mesa Ranch was one of seventeen farms selected as a recipient! 



Black Mesa Ranch


Established in 2003, Black Mesa Ranch is Arizona’s premier goat cheese dairy. A small seasonal operation located on 280 acres near Snowflake AZ, they milk about 30 goats and make a number of award-winning cheeses & confections. Black Mesa Ranch is a 100% off-grid (solar and wind-powered) operation with award-winning products & Certified Humanely Raised and Handled goats.


Seventeen farms located in 11 U.S. states received grants through FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project. This innovative project awards grants and facilitates peer-to-peer farmer education to increase the number of animals that are raised humanely in the United States. Since 2012, FACT has awarded 67 grants to deserving family farmers across 26 states, directly impacting more than 54,000 animals. Included in the cumulative total, this year’s grant projects will impact an estimated 19,000 farm animals.

We look forward to following Black Mesa Ranch, our hometown hero, as they implement their funded projects and advance humane farming in our country!


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