PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) is highlighting two grants totaling $19,725 from the Department of Environmental Management to two local farms in Little Compton and Tiverton.
“With Rhode Island’s food being internationally recognized, it is important that we help nurture and support our food growers and small businesses. These grants will go a long way to help the Sweet and Salty Farm and the Roots Farm continue to improve their operations so that their businesses will remain strong and vibrant into the future,” said Representative Canario.
The RI DEM, in partnership with the RI Food Policy Council, awarded grants to help new and existing small businesses and food initiatives take root and prosper in Rhode Island. The grants were funded under the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant program.
The Sweet and Salty Farm in Little Compton has received a $15,000 to significantly increase production and sales of cheese and yogurt through the purchase and installation of an ice accumulator that can cool milk rapidly after pasteurization.
The Roots Farm in Tiverton received a $4,725 grant to increase productivity through the purchase and implementation of scale-appropriate tools for seeding, transplanting, and cultivation on a small-scale, intensively planted, non-mechanized farm that will help increase productivity, and to share this work with other RI growers through on-farm workshops.