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Press Releases

05/29/2020

Connecticut Department of Agriculture Awards Farm Transition Grants

Nearly $548,000 awarded


HARTFORD, CT – Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt announces that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has awarded 16 grants totaling $547,784.41 to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives seeking to expand, diversify, and improve their existing operation.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable our food system is. This year’s Farm Transition Grant awards were used to expand and diversify our local food systems, generate on-farm energy production, and the traditional expansion of farm operations into new production,” said Hurlburt. “Connecticut farmers are innovative and entrepreneurial, and these awards will help them manage the risk in their expansion plans. Ultimately, these investments strengthen the agricultural economy and provide improved availability of Connecticut Grown products.”

Connecticut is home to more than 5,500 farms contributing more than $4 billion to the state’s economy.

Farm Transition Grant recipients include:

A&Z Apiaries, Hampton

Equipment for honey extraction upgrades and hive expansion

DeSantis Farm, Middlebury

Building for expansion of pig production

Echo Farm, Woodstock

Multi-purpose barn for flower sales and vegetable washing, packing, and sales

Forest City Farms, Middletown

Free-standing refrigerated unit for improved food storage and safety

Geremia Greenhouse, Wallingford

Greenhouse for orchid production expansion

Howling Flats Farm, Canaan

Expansion of hog pasture and fencing for expanded hog production

Hytone Farm, LLC, Coventry

Anaerobic digester design and engineering

Muddy Feet Flower Farm, Ashford

Barn for expansion and diversification of flower production and products

Penfield Farm, Portland

Barn to expand emu production

Pleasant View Farms, Somers

Equipment for high-efficiency grain drying

Scantic Valley Farm, Somers

Infrastructure improvements and cooler for expanded flower sales and storage

Star Light Gardens, Durham

Various types of high tunnels for season extension and soil protection

Steadfast Farms, Bethlehem

Building to expand and diversify game birds for restaurant farm to table

Sub Edge Farm, Farmington

Equipment for salad mix production for commercial scale-up

Trifecta Ecosystems, New Britain

Equipment to increase indoor, year-round production of herbs and greens for urban accessibility

Upper Pond Farm, Lyme

Building for community food center for farm sales, CSA pick up, processing, and storage

The Farm Transition Grant Program is a competitive matching grant program with a maximum award of up to $49,999 in matching funds. Funding is provided through Public Act 05-228, An Act Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing, and Historic Preservation. Grant funds are reimbursed to the awardee after the project is successfully completed, a final financial and written report outlining all expenses and tasks associated with the project have been received and approved, and site inspection by agency staff is conducted.  Additional information about the program can be found at www.CTGrown.gov/Grants.

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