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Wash Station Grant Available to Orange Cty (NY) Growers

Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, is soliciting proposals from fruit and vegetable producers in Orange County, NY for a funding opportunity to build new or improve existing produce washing stations. The aim of this funding program is to improve labor efficiency, enhance food safety and increase profitability through enhanced on-farm infrastructure.
Up to $2,500 in grant funding is available for up to 20 farmers in Orange County, NY. A 50/50 match will be provided through this program for projects up to $5,000. Farmers may meet the funding match through cash or in-kind labor services. Applications are due by June 28, 2013. Proposed projects must be completed by March 15, 2014.
All farmers in Orange County are eligible to apply. This program is not limited to farmers participating as vendors at Greenmarkets. Beginning, immigrant and limited resource farmers are encouraged to apply. Farmers applying must be or become members of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. Technical assistance in designing and implementing wash station projects is available for applicants.
The application is available on the Greenmarket webpage at http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket or by contacting Challey Comer at ccomer@greenmarket.grownyc.org  or 212.341.2254.

Violet Stone

Violet Stone

Violet is the coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, which seeks to prepare small and mid-sized farmers to enter intermediated market channels such as food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives.  She also serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.
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