Young Hadley Flower Arrangement Farm Wins $10,000 State Grant
Posted: 07/13/2022 15:18:27
Modified: 07/13/2022 15:18:12
HADLEY — A Hadley farm in the middle of its fifth season of growing flowers for custom floral arrangements is among seven beginning farmers sharing $63,788 from a state program.
Many Graces, led by Rebecca Maillet, recently won a $10,000 award from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture program.
The MEGA program, as it is called, helps expand and improve agricultural operations. Six other farms, in Falmouth, Lincoln, Oxford, Sterling, Stow and West Brookfield, are also receiving financial assistance.
Many Graces will receive individual business planning and financial assistance to help guide its growth. Since 2018 the farm has operated out of Hadley Fields and earlier this year opened a retail store at Thorne’s Marketplace in Northampton.
“The Baker-Polito administration is dedicated to supporting farmers across the Commonwealth, including helping beginning farmers in the state, by providing them with the resources they will need to grow their businesses,” the Department of Resources Commissioner said. Massachusetts Farmers, John Lebeaux, in a statement.
“Dedicated beginning farmers will contribute to the future of a strong regional food supply in Massachusetts, and these grants will go a long way to fund the purchase of necessary farming equipment and infrastructure to help keep these farming businesses viable. for many years to come,” says Lebeaux.
Since the launch of the MEGA program in 2010, $834,327 in grants have been disbursed to 98 farms statewide and $397,117 has been dedicated to business and technical assistance.