Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Matching grants to City Seed and New Haven Farms

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 program.

“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.”

“Connecticut’s agricultural 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:  $27,793
  • 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

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Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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