Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that more than $1 million has been awarded to twenty-seven new and early-stage farms in New York through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund, a program started in 2014 to help farms expand operations and improve profitability. Three of the grant recipients are farms right here in Columbia County. Blue Star Farm in Stuyvesant, a mainstay of the Hudson Farmers Market, will receive $50,000; Letterbox Farm Collective in Greenport, which supplies produce to Fish & Game, Crimson Sparrow, Swoon, and Hudson Food Studio, among others, will receive $31,000; and MX Morningstar Farm in Copake will receive $30,436.
Sue Decker of Blue Star Farm
Cuomo said of the program, "Agriculture remains a major New York industry, and with support from the New Farmers Grant Fund, we will be making investments that will pay dividends for future generations of farmers." COPYRIGHT 2017 CAROLE OSTERINK