Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

Your Independent Voice

October 6, 2023

Sen. Lesser Welcomes $20,000 in State Funding to Rocky Hill Farm

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Matt Lesser welcomed $20,000 from the Farmland Restoration Flood Response Grant Program (FRFRG) for Fair Weather Growers in Rocky Hill to conduct soil amendments. These matching grants have been provided through the FRFRG program for 21 farms, nonprofits or municipalities that have been impacted by excessive rainfall and flooding this past July.

“The weather patterns this summer have posed significant challenges to our local farmers, and I fear that these extreme conditions may become more commonplace in the future,” said State Sen. Matt Lesser. “I’m pleased that Commissioner Hurlburt and his administration have been proactive in helping our farmers navigate these difficult times. Investing in our local farms and food systems is critically important and we will have to continue to adapt and support them as we navigate the climate crisis.”

Applicants were eligible for up to $20,000 for identified project scopes of work including farmland and site reconstruction to repair drainage, riparian buffers, grading and shaping of farmland topography, diversions and waterways, culverts, and stream banks. All projects are done in partnership with a soil scientist and through the development of a farmland restoration plan. Funding for the Farmland Restoration Flood Response is provided through the Farmland Restoration Grant, made possible by Connecticut General Statutes 22-6c.