Findlay Market awarded $219k for local foods project

Cincinnati's historic Findlay Market was awarded $218,890 last week through the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September to increase access to healthy, affordable local foods.

"We know that access to fresh, healthy food is good for our families and our communities," said U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus. "For years, people from across greater Cincinnati have found nutritious, local food at Findlay Market, and this smart investment will help ensure that the market continues to be a great resource for our area."

Findlay Market was one of 16 organizations nationwide to receive funding through the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. The award will help promote native food sovereignty as well as fund food policy council training, urban agriculture, food production projects, and community food assessments according to the USDA.

The announcement comes on the heels of Findlay Market's new Cultivating Healthy Environments for Farmers (CHEF) project launched in July. CHEF is seen as an opportunity to recruit and train new urban growers, and compliment the City's successful Urban Gardening Program.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
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