Six local projects are getting a boost, thanks to City Market and its members.
Since City Market is a co-op, refund checks are sent to members at the end of the year, but some people choose not to cash them.
Instead, members can donate their checks back to the community to strengthen Vermont’s food system.
This year, about $330,000 was collected to help several non-profits grow.
Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts calls it a big deal for farmers. “I think that’s one of the things we’re very proud of what you’ve accomplished here, you’ve taken some chances on some farmers over the years and you can see that they’ve grown and they’ve become viable, you may have given then their start and then they’ve been able to expand and help our economy,” said Tebbetts.
Read more about each of the six grants below:
- UVM Foundation: $8,906
- Huertas Project: Helping with food insecurity in migrant farm workers. evaluating what foods they want to grow that are culturally familiar and can grow in our climate, as well as introducing them to produce that grows here naturally, greater access to fresh produce, and hiring paid interns to run the program.
- Janet S. Munt Family Room: $7,621
- Garden, Nature, and Family Play Project: building a structure for shade for children/toddlers, expanding the garden at the center, providing fresh produce to people who visit the family room.
- Richard Meyers Food Science Class at BHS: $818
- Microgreens for Students Project: using the grant to buy lights for the greenhouse for an experiment on which type of lights help micro-greens grow better. The grown greens will then be used by Burlington Tech Center for their monthly meals
- Intervale Center: $8,979
- The Kitchen Project: Building a new, accessible kitchen for catering and food kitchen services. Will be finished by the end of May.
- The Schoolhouse: $1,222
- Farm Food Forest: Used the grant money for a new fridge for their 65 students in grades 2-8.
- Downtown Winooski, Inc (DWTN Winooski): $9,163
- Summer Meals Program: Using the money to expand their Sunday summer meals program. Free meals on Sundays at the Farmers market. They use an activity tent to introduce kids to new vegetables, serve them a meal with the produce from one or multiple vendors at the market, and hire a paid intern to oversee the program for the summer.
To find out more information about the Co-Op Patronage Seedling Grants, click here.