Once again, strong member interest in the Agricultural Development Grant Program resulted in over 40 competitive proposals submitted, requesting assistance totaling over $165,000. As with much of our work, funding for this program is provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
The 12 grant awards—ranging between $2,486 and $5,000 for a total of $50,000—were awarded for product development, marketing and educational activities.
Recipients of the 2011 grant program include:
Black Willow Pond Farm, Cobleskill – $5,000 for on-farm poultry and rabbit processing
Cowbella Dairy Productions, Jefferson – $4,500 for dairy processing equipment enhancements
CYRE, Inc. (dba, Pika’s Farm Table), Big Indian – $3,500 for nutritional fact labeling
Delaware Phoenix Distillery, Walton – $3,450 for labeling and packaging diversification
Diehl’s Maple Syrup, Callicoon – $4,675 for granulated maple sugar equipment
Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow – $4,155 for marketing and signage enhancements
Horton Hill Farm, Jefferson – $2,486 for honey and bee’s wax processing equipment
Maggie’s Krooked Café, Tannersville – $4,000 for storage and distribution enhancements
Majestic Farm, Mountaindale – $5,000 for on-farm livestock processing equipment
Neversink Farm, Claryville – $5,000 for post-harvest produce handling equipment
R & R Farm, Bovina – $3,234 for poultry production equipment
Stoneledge Farm, South Cairo – $5,000 for product and online marketplace development