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Michigan Farmers Markets Receive Federal Grants

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Liza C. Moore
Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update
November 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture announced the grant recipients for fiscal year 2011 for the Farmers Market Promotion Program. The Farmers Market Promotion Program is aimed at improving and expanding domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

Approximately $10 million was allocated to the program for fiscal year 2011. Entities eligible to apply include agricultural cooperatives, producer networks and associations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments.

Several programs, cities, and markets in Michigan received funding through the program.

Food System Economic Partnership, Ann Arbor, MI - $91,840

In collaboration with Ann Arbor Township and Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm, Food System Economic Partnership was awarded a grant to develop a New Farmer Incubator Center.

City of Manistique, Manistique, MI - $62,671

This grant is for development of the Manistique Farmers Market.

Village of Edmore, Edmore, MI - $59,994

This grant will promote, develop, and expand the Edmore Marketplace and Farmers Market.

City of Clare, Clare, MI - $21,800

The grant will expand the Clare Main Street Farm and Arts Market.

Ottawa County Health Department, Holland, MI - $43,376

The Ottawa County Health Department will collaborate with the City of Holland to implement a new EBT system at the Holland Farmers Market.

Main Street Calumet, Calumet, MI - $29,089

The grant will be used to promote, develop, and expand the Main Street Calumet Farmers & Artisans Market.

Joy-Southfield Community Development Corp., Detroit, MI - $53,114

This grant will expand the West Side Market.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Wyandotte, MI - $63,316

This grant is to start the Inkster Farmers Market.

City of Marquette, Marquette, MI - $46,002

This grant will expand the Downtown Marquette Farmers market and EBT program.