Grants Will Help Farmers Upgrade Food Safety
BOSTON -- The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $300,000 in grants to 21 Massachusetts farms, including one in Lunenburg, to install practices that improve food safety within their operations.
“As the demand for locally grown food continues to grow, farmers have an increasing need to improve their operations to meet marketplace demands and safety requirements,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is proud to continue supporting Massachusetts agriculture by helping produce farmers proactively implement upgrades to ensure that food safety risks are managed, marketplace needs are addressed, and their businesses continue to grow.”
Dick’s Market Garden, Inc., located at 645 Northfield Road, Lunenburg, was awarded $25,000 for a washing and packing facility.
“This $25,000 grant from the Department of Agricultural Resources will help Dick’s Market Garden continue to be able to offer high quality, locally grown produce to their customers,” said state Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg). “I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their support of small, family-owned farms in my district and across the state.”
By implementing eligible upgrades, the farms will be able to protect public health, sustain public confidence in the food system, meet buyer requirements, and follow new regulations under the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
“One of the most important things we can do to maintain the health and well-being of our constituents is to ensure that their food is processed safely,” said State Senator Dean A. Tran (R-Fitchburg). “I thank the Baker and Polito Administration for their continued efforts to ensure that the residents of the commonwealth can live heathy lives.”