Food Waste For Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2015: $21,800.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2017
Grant Recipient: Lucky Penny Farm
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Abbe Turner
Lucky Penny Farm


Information Products


Not commodity specific


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: municipal wastes
  • Soil Management: composting


    Food Waste For Farms is a pilot project to link generators of commercial food waste with farms to utilize this nutrient rich asset as animal feed or compost material diverting it from the landfill. The goal is to use technology to optimize the systems for waste recovery, logistics and profitability.

    Project objectives:

    Measurement objectives for environmental and societal impact for FWFF will be multiple important measurements:
    1) In pounds of food diverted from landfills
    2) In increased farm profitability through savings on animal feed

    3) In new relationships established between waste generators and farmers
    4) In increased soil fertility with compost application

    Information will be tracked using the FWFF website weekly and through the two survey monkey questionnaires during the grant period. A final report will be shared in a public education meeting.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.