A Cape Breton beekeeping farm is among the first 32 companies approved for federal funding under the Emergency Processing Fund.
Tuckamore Homestead Inc. has been approved for up to $29,000 from the fund designed to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19.
Through the fund, food processors receive funding for a variety of eligible activities to implement measures to ensure the health and safety of workers and maintain operations, such as added sanitation and security requirements and adjustments to operations for social distancing and wellness checks.
Reusable PPE (personal protective equipment), installation of equipment and work-station dividers, expansion of employee common areas and the rental of portable buildings are some of the examples of approved activities.
Tuckamore Homestead provides "quality, homegrown products that help to slow down and enjoy a more intentional style of living," according to the farm’s website. Hands-on beehive tours also share the agricultural experience of beekeeping.
The $77.5-million Emergency Processing Fund has an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities and started accepting applications on June 12 and, to date, has received more than 300 applications.
Just one other Atlantic Canada company — Ganong Bros. in New Brunswick — has received approval for funding from the program so far.
All remaining projects are currently being assessed and any approvals will be finalized in the coming weeks.