HARTFORD – In a press release, the office of State Senate Majority
Leader Martin M. Looney, (D-New Haven, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and
Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, announced
that City Seed
and New Haven Farms
won competitive, matching grants
through the state Department of Agriculture’s Farm Viability Grant
“Research has shown that city
dwellers have a higher risk for obesity and other diet-related illnesses
because of limited access to fresh, local, affordable food,” Looney said in the statement. “New Haven Farms and City Seed provide New Haven residents
with locally grown fruits and vegetables resulting in improved health outcomes
for children and families.”
sector has enormous untapped potential,” said Governor Malloy.
“The investments we are announcing today in small farms and our Regional Market
are a clear sign that we can both preserve our agricultural heritage and help
it expand and create jobs.”
Also in the statement: "Established in 2005, the grants
protect and preserve Connecticut by supporting farm viability and preservation,
agricultural infrastructure, municipal open space grants, historic
preservation, and affordable housing programs. Funding is generated through a
fee collected for the recording of documents into municipal land records.
These documents include deeds, mortgages, mechanics’ liens, judgment liens,
notices of lease, releases of mortgages and liens, name change certificates,
notices of variances, and condominium declarations."
Grant recipients have one year to
complete the projects and must match the award, the statement said.
Farm Viability Grants (also in the statement):
- City Seed, New Haven: Consumer 10
percent pledge program, including documentation of Connecticut Grown
products consumption. Total project budget: $46,725; grant award:
- New Haven Farms, New
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
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
Labels: City Seed, grants, New Haven Farms