Nearly 30 farms across New York were recently awarded funding through the state’s New Farmers Grant Fund, which assists new and early-stage farmers expand and increase their profitability.
One of those farms is Shared Roots Farm in McGraw, which is being awarded just under $21k to purchase equipment and expand its cold storage and vegetable farm operations.
Since its launch in 2014, the New Farmers Grant Fund has now awarded $4.2 million to 114 farms across the state.
“Farms are vital to our economy and quality of life by preserving open space and producing fresh, wholesome products,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York farmers are recognized nationally for their great land stewardship, while producing world-class foods, beverages and specialty products. These awards will help new farmers further our state’s longstanding agricultural traditions.”
Bret Morris, owner of Shared Roots Farm, visited X101 back in February as a member of the Local Farmer’s Union band. They interviewed with Vincente Bellardini about their first studio album, Kale-n-It.
Also included in the list of awardees from the Central New York region:
- Elly’s Acres Farm, LLC., Onondaga County – $50,000: Purchase equipment to expand sheep farming operation.
- Sunswick Farm, Cayuga County – $50,000: Construct a structure to increase honey production.
- Cayuga View Farm, Cayuga County – $25,500: Build a barn to increase the quality and quantity of hay production.