Berkshire Grown Awarded $68K to Support Local Farmers
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration awarded $500,000 in grants to regional Buy Local organizations across the Commonwealth for projects that will support the agricultural industries in Massachusetts.
These organizations work to generate consumer awareness and demand for locally grown food products while improving logistical access to these important food sources.
In Berkshire County, Berkshire Grown of Great Barrington received $67,719 to support farmers and food access in the time of COVID-19 with consumer-supportive winter farmers markets, increased recognition of Massachusetts agriculture, and strengthen the business enterprise of local farms.
"Now, more than ever, it is inspiring to see the administration remaining committed to investing in our local growers," state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said. "These are the kind of local investments that help keep our local food infrastructure strong and growing. I can personally vouch for the great work my grow local organization does and I know that these investments will be returned ten-fold by the hard work and dedication of our Massachusetts' farmers."
These grants build upon the administration's efforts to support regional economies across the Commonwealth. On Aug. 25, the administration announced the launch of the "My Local MA" campaign to encourage residents across the commonwealth to support their local economies by shopping at local Massachusetts businesses and attractions, either in person, online, or by using curbside pickup or takeout.