Sen. Somers applauds Ag grants for Groton Farmers Market, Yellow Farmhouse Ed Center

June 26, 2023

For Immediate Release

Sen. Somers Applauds State Ag Grants for
Groton Farmers Market, Yellow Farmhouse Ed Center

Sen. Heather Somers today applauded the announcement of state grant funding for the City of Groton and the Stonington-based Yellow Farmhouse Education Center to improve their agricultural and educational outreach.

The City of Groton Farmers Market received funding to increase advertisement of the Farmers Market to New London County and surrounding communities via social media and printed materials. The funding will increase outreach to community wellness programs and purchase permanent signage for Washington Park.

Yellow Farmhouse Education Center received funding to purchase a commercial refrigerator, chest freezer, and dehydrator to assist with educational programming on produce gleaning and processing techniques. The funding will help construct a 12’x 24’ shed to house a vermicompost system for educational programming and job skills training of LEARN students.

“Both the City of Groton’s Farmers Market and the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center have a tremendously positive impact on our communities in terms of highlighting health and nutrition, locally grown fresh produce, and teaching area residents of all ages the value of agriculture,” said Sen. Somers. “These grants will further enhance their message and outreach in southeastern Connecticut and enable them to extend their already positive influence. We are grateful to the state for recognizing their value and why these investments will pay dividends in the future.”

The funding was awarded through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s 2023 Farm Viability Grant Program.