Charter One announces grants to boost local food sources
Two metro Detroit food businesses have received grants to help them grow as part of a larger effort to expand the sales of local food products.
The Brinery of Ann Arbor, which maks a variety of brine-fermented vegetables, and Knagg's Creek Farm of Detroit received grants.
Charter One bank announced the first grants from its new Growing Communities program Tuesday morning at Detroit's Eastern Market. The bank awarded six grants ranging from $1,600 to $3,000, pushing the total to date that the Charter One Foundation has provided to grow local food sources to $140,000.
Companies outside of Southeast Michigan receiving grants were: Fuhr's Valley View Fruit Farm of Imlay City; J&M Farm of Allenton; Rising Pheasant Farms of Detroit; and Melo Farms of Yale.
Also announced was the launch of a website, www.detroitmarkets.org, which will contain information on more than a dozen community and mobile food markets, including location, hours and products available.
"These grants will assist urban farmers and market vendors to help grow their business in a variety of ways, from purchasing equipment that will increase their meat-processing capacity to a watering system for fruits and vegetables being grown in Detroit," said David Lochner, senior vice president and director of commercial banking for Charter One.
Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens NA, which operates banks in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, and is itself part of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Charter One has 103 branches in Michigan.