Chester Township Farming Family Reaps $15,000 This Harvest Season – Morris County, NJ

Posted on September 22, 2022

Morris County Small Business Grant awarded to Lebensfreude

It’s harvest season, the perfect time for Lebensfreude LLC, the agricultural corporation behind Chester Township’s famed Alstede Farms, to raise a $15,000 grant for small businesses in Morris County.

Morris County Commissioner’s Deputy Director John Krickus presented the check to Kurt and Mary Alstede on Wednesday after touring Alstede Market in Chester Township and touring the nearby property home to Lebensfreude LLC, which translates to : “joy of living”. The program, launched with $10 million on Valentine’s Day, is designed to help local small businesses still impacted by the pandemic.

Last chance to apply for a Morris County Small Business Grant!

Program ends Friday, September 30, 2022

Alstede Lebensfreude Small Biz 9 21 2022 1.jpg “This grant is very helpful. It’s been over two years since (the start of the pandemic) and people forget that we’re sweating bullets trying to figure out every week what we would be doing,” Kurt Alstede said, noting that farming operations throughout New Jersey were subject to strict operational guidelines by the Department. of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Farmers had to cooperate for months under restrictions ranging from requiring farm workers to wear protective masks even when working in the fields, to distancing guidelines that required farmers to find alternative accommodation for employees who live on site.

“It should certainly be noted that the Alstede family has done everything to ensure that its employees have continued to work and have retained their staff during the height of the pandemic and after,” Commissioner Krickus said during his tour of the property.

To date, commissioners have approved 677 applications from small businesses and nonprofits to receive grants of up to $15,000. Commissioners dedicated 10 million dollars and designed the grants to help small businesses and nonprofits with pandemic-related expenses incurred after March 3Alstede Lebensfreude Small Biz 9 21 2022 2.jpg 2021, including rent and mortgage payments.

The Morris County Small Business Grant Program was a one-time use of federal funds given to the county through the US Rescue Plan Act of 2021which was designed to offer pandemic-related aid.

Federal guidelines covering the grant program will determine exactly what expenses are eligible for coverage and what claims can be approved. Grants are capped at $15,000 per applicant. However, business owners and nonprofits are encouraged to submit applications that include all costs that they believe may qualify for the grant, even if the total amount of a single application exceeds $15,000. .

A final review may determine that some costs submitted for review are not covered by program guidelines. However, by submitting all expenses that may be eligible, applicants increase the possibility of obtaining the maximum grant dollars possible.


Top right: Commissioner Krickus chats with Kurt and Mary Alstede in the driveway leading to Lebensfreude’s estate.

Center left: Commissioner Krickus visited Alstede Farms Market a short distance away, presenting Mary Alstede with a letter and grant check next to an antique tractor.

Bottom right: Commissioner Krickus examines some of the produce grown on the land of Lebensfreude LLC.

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