Posted on July 8, 2022
Earlier this year, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture awarded funds to 33 projects from the Farm Transition Grant (FTG) program, including to Southbury’s Guardians Farm and Hidden Gem Orchard.
Overall, grants totaling $515,953 were awarded to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives seeking to expand, diversify, and improve their existing operation.
Hidden Gem has the BEST apples!! I admit to being spoiled and cannot buy them from anywhere else, and Guardians Farm has a wonderful farm store. While there, you can often chat with a 4-Her working with their project animal. On a recent visit, I learned a little more about their project to create a micro dairy for cow and goat milk. Please stop by sometime.
Connecticut is home to more than 5,500 farms contributing more than $4 billion to the state’s economy.
2022 Farm Transition Grant awardees include:
Innovation and Diversification Category:
- Guardians Farm, Southbury: Microdairy
Infrastructure Investment Category:
- Hidden Gem Orchard, Southbury: Construct a refrigerated cold storage room for apples and grapes
The Farm Transition Grant Program is a competitive matching grant program. Funding is provided through Public Act 05-228, An Act Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing, and Historic Preservation. Grant funds are reimbursed to the awardee after the project is successfully completed, a final financial and written report outlining all expenses and tasks associated with the project have been received and approved, and site inspection by agency staff is conducted. Additional information about the program can be found at www.CTGrown.gov/Grants.