Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Funds to Create a New Farmers Market in Buena Vista

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that Buena Vista Charter Township will receive $200,000 to convert an old school into a farmers market. These funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program.


“Farmers markets spur economic development in local communities, connect more families with Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables, and create new markets for local farmers,” said Senator Stabenow. “This is a win-win for families and local food producers in the community.”


“The development of the farmers market will lead to job creation that will increase both tax revenues and population growth in the Township. This project will create new employment for the local farmers as well as members of the community and the county overall. The Township was awarded a $200,000 grant by the USDA in order to assist with the project which the Township will match with $100,000 from the general fund. One of the goals of the Township is to create as well as welcome projects that that will provide positive and significant “quality of life” improvements for the community as a whole and we strongly believe that this is one project that will indeed do just that. We are very fortunate to have the support of the USDA,” said Torrie L. Lee, Superintendent, Buena Vista Charter Township.


To find out more information about USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program, please visit the USDA’s website here.