Hartford Farmers Market In Line For State Grant For Repairs

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The Hartford Regional Market, the largest agricultural distribution facility between Boston and New York, could receive $400,000 from the state for much needed repairs.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that State Bond Commission will vote at its next meeting on the funding, which will be used to help pay for more than $600,000 in roof repairs.

The 1940s-era market contains 230,300 square feet of warehouse space on 32 acres and space for 144 farmers’ market stalls. The market also has an active railroad spur.

Also today, Malloy and Steven K. Reviczky, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture announced $817,000 in competitive matching grants that will benefit the state’s agricultural industry.

Those receiving the grants must complete their projects in a year and match the state grants, drawn from the Farm Transition Grant and Farm Viability Grant programs.

The projects include:

Farm Transition Grants (agricultural producers and cooperatives) – $320,359 total

 

  • Beech Tree Ranch, Bloomfield:  Improvements and fixtures for goat dairy, chicken, and hog farm.  Total project budget:  $99,850; grant award:  $49,925.
  • Beltane Farm, Lebanon:  Construction of new cheese production room.  Total project budget:  $25,825; grant award:  $12,912.
  • Golden Oyster Company, Shelton:  Construction of shellfish harvest vessel.  Total project budget:  $20,000; grant award:  $10,000.
  • Hillyland Farm, Windham:  Refurbishment of old dairy facility into tasting and sales room for new winery.  Total project budget:  $113,100; grant award:  $49,999.
  • Mattern Farm, Preston:  Refurbishment of dairy into cheese processing facility.  Total project budget: $70,050; grant award:  $35,025.
  • Mountaintop Mushrooms, Waterbury:  Expansion of indoor specialty mushroom growing facility.  Total project budget:  $70,000; grant award:  $35,000.
  • Pell Farms, Somers:  Construction of new strawberry packing facility and cooler.  Total project budget:  $115,000; grant award:  $49,999.
  • The Hickories Farm, Ridgefield:  Refurbishment of old barn for agricultural programming and community-supported agriculture (CSA) education.  Total project budget:  $21,000; grant award:  $10,500
  • Valleyside Farm, Woodstock:  A computer cow activity system for dairy herd management to improve efficiency and production.  Total project budget:  $34,000; grant award:  $17,000
  • Vincent Farms, West Suffield:  Construction of vegetable grading and packing building, vegetable cooler, and tobacco sorting warehouse and sweat room.  Total project budget:  $120,950; grant award:  $49,999

 

Farm Viability Grants (municipalities and agricultural non-profit organizations) – $496,347 total

 

  • American Farmland Trust, Windsor:  Program to improve agricultural viability of protected lands.  Total project budget:  $60,199; grant award:  $30,219
  • Bozrah (town):  Bozrah Farmers Market promotions.  Total project budget:  $5,206; grant award: $2,603
  • Brass City Harvest, Waterbury:  Improvements to year round indoor farmers’ market.  Total project budget:  $157,576; grant award:  $49,741
  • City Seed, New Haven:  Consumer 10 percent pledge program, including documentation of Connecticut Grown products consumption.  Total project budget:  $46,725; grant award:  $27,793
  • Community Farm of Simsbury:  Expansion of food security and education programs, vegetable wash stations, and equipment.  Total project budget:  $180,411; grant award:  $49,999
  • East Lyme (town):  Marketing and promotion for farmers’ market.  Total project budget:  $10,000; grant award:  $3,800
  • Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development, Haddam:  Project to survey Connecticut farmers about current energy use and establish baseline data.  Total project budget:  $9,800; grant award:  $5,800
  • Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development, Vernon:  Expansion of the Agvocate Program into additional counties.  Total project budget:  $172,000; grant award:  $44,000
  • F.R.E.S.H. New London:  Development of a workplace community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.  Total project budget:  $36,400; grant award:  $18,100
  • Friends of Sullivan Farm, New Milford:  Construction of greenhouse.  Total project budget:  $24,066; grant award:  $4,813
  • Guilford (town):  Preparation, printing, and distribution of a Guilford farm map.  Total project budget:  $4,000; grant award:  $2,400
  • Harbor Watch, Westport:  Expansion of shoreline tracking effort to help eliminate sources of bacteria identified in 2012.  Total project budget:  $143,200; grant award:  $38,165
  • Killingly (town):  Plan to promote local agriculture through education, farm tours, tomato festival, and enhancement of agriculture commission.  Total project budget:  $11,125; grant award:  $5,855
  • Lebanon (town):  Agricultural education outreach and farmland preservation property appraisals and surveys.  Total project budget:  $31,925; grant award:  $15,000
  • New Haven Farms, New Haven:  A fresh produce prescription program to increase participants’ consumption of fresh vegetables and improve health outcomes.  Total project budget:  $249,825; grant award:  $49,999
  • North End Action Team, Middletown:  Maintenance and expansion of Community Food Initiative and the North End Farmers’ Market.  Total project budget:  $62,213; grant award:  $30,088
  • Norwich Public Schools Food Service:  Refurbishment of an underused school kitchen to enable processing and increase use of Connecticut Grown produce.  Total project budget:  $102,516; grant award:  $49,999
  • Putnam (town):  Fresh fruits and vegetable prescription program.  Total project budget:  $51,560; grant award:  $32,760
  • Southbury (town):  Farmers’ market promotion and advertising.  Total project budget:  $5,000; grant award:  $2,500
  • The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Sunny Valley Preserve, New Milford:  Farm building restoration projects.  Total project budget:  $65,581; grant award:  $21,225
  • Thompson (town):  Road sign project for Thompson farms.  Total project budget:  $8,000; grant award:  $4,000
  • Voluntown (town):  Advertising and promotion of farmers’ market.  Total project budget:  $14,976; grant award:  $7,488

 

 

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