Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

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June 1, 2021

Senator Matt Lesser Thrilled Rocky Hill Business Receives Doag’s Farm Transistion Grant

Today, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) is releasing a statement after a local business in Rocky Hill, a town that Senator Lesser represents, was awarded one of DOAG’s Farm Transition Grants this year. This year, considerable effort was put forth to restructure the Farm Transition Grants in to best reflect and support agriculture in Connecticut.

“I’m thrilled to see the Connecticut Department of Agriculture continue to support our local farms including Fair Weather right here in Rocky Hill,” said Sen. Lesser.

Fair Weather Growers LLC is being awarded a grant in the Innovation and Diversification category to construct a green bean mobile packing line. This is one of 24 grants being awarded from the Farm Transition Grant Program, totaling $497,382. These grants are used to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives seeking to expand, diversify, and improve their existing operation.

Connecticut is home to more than 5,500 farms contributing more than $4 billion to the state’s economy. The 2021 FTG was revised to address the needs and better respond to known gap within the industry. As a result, four new grant categories were developed:

  • New Farmer Microgrant
  • Infrastructure Investment Grant
  • Research and Development Grant
  • Innovation and Diversification Grant

Fair Weather Growers LLC produces over 200 varieties of vegetables and grow a wide variety of flowers and bedding plants. The farm stand is open eight months of the year and offers a wide variety of seasonal décor, flowers, local baked goods, produce, and more.