|Whitehouse farm gets 6-figure USDA grant|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:23|
WHITEHOUSE - Bittersweet Farms has received an award of $116,131 from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food & Agriculture to support the expansion of the horticulture program.
The grant will assist with the vocational and therapeutic endeavors of individuals with autism, provide funding to purchase farming supplies and equipment, support a new food product development plan, and enable Bittersweet Farms to expand its Community Supported Agriculture program. Bittersweet Farms will share food grown on the farm with Hope United Methodist Church and the Anthony Wayne Food Pantry located at Zion United Methodist Church. All three locations are in Whitehouse, and all provide food to individuals living below the poverty level.
The Center for Innovative Food Technology is responsible for the evaluation of the one-year project.
Bittersweet Farms has worked with all of these partners in the past. The grant project will further engage adults with autism in meaningful farm activities that are therapeutic and that may lead to some form of employment. The project will increase the amount of produce grown in Bittersweet's gardens, greenhouses, and hoop houses. The organization has a long history of gardening and farming.
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