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CT Farms Share $710,000 in 2007 State Grants

Diversification and building fixed-assets are focus of program

2008 Grants Back to Story

2007 Farm Reinvestment Grant Projects Receiving Funding

Rockland Valley Farms, Hebron:

$40,000 Dairy processing facility for cheeses, milk and ice cream.

 

Fairvue Farms, Woodstock

$40,000 Free-stall heifer barn.

 

Belltown Hill Orchards, South Glastonbury

$40,000 Fruit-packing facility.

 

Two Guys from Woodbridge, Hamden

$40,000 Greenhouse facility.

 

Cupola Hollow Farm, West Suffield

$37,295 Certified kitchen.

 

Dzen Brothers, Ellington

$37,500 Greenhouse facilities.

 

Halfinger Farms, Higganum

$40,000 Packing house.

 

Bunnell Farm, Litchfield

$40,000 Processing facility and commercial kitchen.

 

Woodhill Farm, Hampton

$39,600 Heifer-raising facility.

 

Valleyside Farm, Woodstock

$40,000 Dairy manure storage.

 

Hillside Farm, Mansfield

$40,000 Manure storage and a covered feed area.

 

Scantic Valley Farm, Somers

$39,200 Tobacco-sorting shed and berry-sorting facility.

 

Paleys Farm Market, Sharon

$35,775 Greenhouse facility.

 

Plantersí Choice, Newtown

$40,000 Four-bay, gutter-connected greenhouse.

 

Falls Village Flower Farm, Falls Village

$4,750 Potting and propagating facility.

 

Geremia Greenhouse, Wallingford

$40,000 Greenhouse facility.

 

Freundís Farm, East Canaan

$40,000 Cowpot production facility.

 

Lamotheís Sugarhouse, Burlington

$36,750 Maple syrup production facility.

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Working the Land: The Story of Connecticut Agriculture
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