U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support to help expand a farmers' market in the City of Hartford and fund a feasibility study to determine the viability of a "food hub" in Muskegon. These grants are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program.
"Farmers' markets and food hubs connect families and small businesses with local farmers and ranchers, boosting the local economy and creating jobs while providing consumers with more healthy food options," said Stabenow. "Today's announcement is great news for West Michigan farmers, businesses, and families who will have better access to fresh foods."
The City of Hartford will receive $20,000 to help expand the city's farmers' market and extend market hours. The Community Foundation for Muskegon County will receive $30,375 to fund a feasibility study for the establishment of a "food hub" in Muskegon that would help provide nutritious and fresh foods to communities in Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana and Newaygo Counties.
Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.