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New York announces $700K grant for farmers markets
New York Ag Connection - 09/25/2023

The New York State Agriculture Commissioner has announced that $700,000 is available to New York's farmers' markets through the second round of the Farmers' Market Resiliency Grant Program. The grant funding will help farmers' markets across the state make significant improvements by enhancing infrastructure, online sales, and delivery systems.

The grant program is part of Governor Hochul's commitment to ensure a resilient food system in New York State. It is open to registered not-for-profit organizations, local municipalities, business improvement districts, public benefit corporations, and Indian tribal organizations that have experience operating at least one farmers' market.

Funding available through the Farmers' Market Resiliency Grant Program will be available for projects such as:

• Modernizing the delivery of products

• Repairing, replacing, or enhancing market infrastructure

• Developing or scaling up marketing and outreach efforts

Projects that help the food system remain resilient, especially when supply chain disruptions occur, will be given priority.

The deadline for proposals is 3:00 pm on November 15, 2023. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit agriculture.ny.gov/rfp-0317-new-york-state-farmers-market-resiliency-grant-program.

Importance of Farmers' Markets

Farmers' markets are crucial components to a healthy food system. They provide outlets for agricultural producers to meet the rising consumer demand for a variety of fresh, affordable, and convenient products grown directly from the farm.

New York State has more than 400 farmers' markets, 250 farm stands, and 10 mobile market operators. The state also administers several programs that help low-income families, seniors, and Veterans access fresh, healthy food at participating markets.

The Farmers' Market Resiliency Grant Program is an important investment in New York's food system. It will help farmers' markets across the state become more resilient and better able to serve their communities.


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