Seacoast Eat Local Awarded USDA Grant

Seacoast Eat Local is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program Grant from the USDA. This is a 3 year grant to the organization, effective immediately, which will deliver an approximate total of $176,000 in funding to support staff and programs designed to effectively promote and enhance area farmers’ markets and other retail endeavors.

“This is a big win for us as an organization and also for local foods across the Seacoast,” says Jillian Hall, Seacoast Eat Local Director of Programs. “With this funding we will be able to greatly enhance our advertising online, in print and through radio media. We will also be able to assess and expand work being done to support farmers and

farmers’ markets across our service area. Our hope is that as a result of this grant funding, local farms will see an increase in revenue through their CSA programs, farm stands and farmers’ markets.” The grant proposal and its work hopes to serve at least 9 farmers’ market locations and 40 local farms over the course of three years.

The mission of Seacoast Eat Local is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to advocate eating locally for the health of the local environment, community, culture and economy. A registered non-profit organization since 2012, this is the first Federal grant which Seacoast Eat Local has been awarded. To learn more about the organization and its programs, please visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

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