RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – A few of our hometowns will share a lot more than $200,000 in grants declared for 11 tasks as a section of Virginia Ag 7 days.
A whole of $214,000 in point out money to assistance infrastructure supporting area food items and farming units was announced by Governor Youngkin’s Workplace. The matching grant awards from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Field Enhancement (AFID) Fund Infrastructure Grant Software enhance strategic funds to support smaller-scale farmers and food stuff producers from escalating.
Meat processing, grain milling, oyster output, meals and beverage, and shepherding are among the regions receiving the improve. New and expanded farmers markets and a commercial kitchen are also integrated.
“As we start off this weeklong celebration of agriculture, Virginia’s most significant industry, I am delighted to lover with our regional governments as a result of the AFID system to make strategic investments into the infrastructure our farmers and food producers need to have to be prosperous,” adds Governor Youngkin. “It is as a result of progressive partnerships like these, wherever the personal and public sectors come jointly to identify and address significant desires, that we can keep the Commonwealth transferring forward.”
Particulars on the jobs can be located beneath:
“Commercial Kitchen Growth, Bedford County
Bedford County is requesting funding to increase the professional kitchen area facility positioned at Bramble Hollow Farm, a member of a little, sustainable foods-concentrated farming collective known as Edible Goose Creek. Number of business kitchen area amenities exist in the area, so this facility is serving a local local community want for producing benefit-added merchandise. The funding ask for is for the purchase of a business tilt kettle for generating Bramble Hollow Farm’s popular chicken stock and other members’ solutions.
Farmers Marketplace Advancements, Fauquier County
The County of Fauquier a short while ago done a Farmers Market place Feasibility Study in 2021 and is requesting funding to employ tips from the study to raise the two shopper and producer participation. Funding will be employed to order signage and infrastructure updates, such as tables, tents, and a audio method, as perfectly as the acquire of two cold storage models.
Grain Milling Upgrades, Franklin County
Franklin County is requesting funding to guidance Inexperienced Sprig Ag (GSA), a grain milling operation operate by a 5th technology farmer and a member of the Typical Grain Alliance, a mid-Atlantic network of grain farmers. GSA provides both feed and foodstuff quality grains and needs to make facility upgrades to much more efficiently process grains entering the food stuff process. Resources will be used to renovate an existing constructing to meet up with food stuff grade requirements for the reason of cleaning, storing, and processing grain for customers of the Frequent Grain Alliance.
Sheep Wool Baler, Grayson County
Grayson County is partnering with the New River Valley Sheep & Goat Club to order a baler in guidance of regional sheep wool output. The discrepancy in the value of baled wool compared to non-baled wool is intense, and the obtain of the baler will allow for producers to market right to the conclude consumer and see as considerably as a 400% maximize in revenue. This task is also receiving grant funding from the Tobacco Area Revitalization Fee.
Grain Milling Updates, Nelson County
Nelson County has requested funding to assist Deep Roots Milling (DRM), a founding member of the Prevalent Grain Alliance and a chief in regional grain processing, develop both equally retail and wholesale profits. DRM operates at Woodson’s Mill, c. 1794, the only h2o-driven mill continue to in procedure in Virginia. Funding will be utilized to improve the mill’s 3rd ground to produce a sifting space and to purchase new bagging gear.
Oyster Processing, Northampton County
Northampton County is requesting funding to help the Ruby Salts Oyster Cooperative, a collective of 5 oyster farms. Funding will be made use of to acquire a pontoon barge to act as a cell processing facility that will successfully execute all farming and oyster husbandry actions, from seed to harvest. Customizable attachments will streamline generation and the use of on-web page solar electricity will lower the Cooperative’s environmental effects.
Meat Processing Updates, Orange County
Orange County seeks funding to enhance Piedmont Processing’s meat processing capacity, aiding both equally Piedmont Processing and the 75 to 100 area producers that rely on the facility to system their meat domestically. Piedmont Processing’s development is at the moment limited by inadequate cooler space for getting older beef. Funding will be made use of to order a wander-in freezer that will raise Piedmont Processing’s cooler room by 40%.
Mobile Industry, Town of Richmond
The City of Richmond requests funding to support RVA Avenue Foodies, an Urban Social Enterprise Cell Marketplace that offers SNAP qualified food items applying a food items cart product. This Mobile Marketplace design produces employment and entrepreneurship alternatives, and strengthens the area food items technique by raising accessibility to nutritious meals solutions. Funding will be employed to order added foods carts that will be utilized to achieve qualified underserved communities to supply refreshing fruits and greens sourced from Virginia farmers.
Farmers Market Construction, Scott County
Scott County seeks funding to construct a farmers sector within the town of Nickelsville. At the moment, Nickelsville inhabitants ought to journey a minimum of 20 miles to access the closest grocery retail store or farmers sector, a burden both of those for individuals and farmers. Resources will be employed to structure and build the facility in Nickelsville.
Oil Tank Installation, Shenandoah County
Shenandoah County is requesting funding to support Route 11 Potato Chips’ urgent need for oil storage, as world wide provide chain disruptions have threatened the trustworthiness of sunflower oil shipping. Route 11 has been in operation for around 25 many years and purchases much more than 1 million lbs of Virginia-developed potatoes just about every yr. Funding will be made use of to buy and set up 4 oil tanks, enabling Route 11 to invest in in bulk and assurance a continual, decreased cost supply of oil.
Craft Beverage Help, Westmoreland County
Westmoreland County is pursuing the tourism- and area foodstuff-focused group enhancement tactic of recruiting a new brewery and pub to downtown Montross. A vacant, former retail facility will be renovated into the new household of Northern Neck Brewing Enterprise with the goal of producing a family-welcoming location for travelers and people alike. Funding will be made use of to obtain brewery products and will leverage practically $250,000 in additional financial commitment to create a new brewery and pub focused on regionally sourced deliver, meat, and seafood.”
Apps for the next spherical of semi-once-a-year AFID Infrastructure Grants will be recognized from Oct 1-November 15, 2022.
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