- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded grants totaling nearly $150,000 to three southeastern Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives.

The funding was provided under a new program designed to help farmers sell their products close to home. It supports farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities.

Fair Food Network will receive $100,000 to develop new products, improve access to local food for communities; and support entrepreneurship by providing capital to food businesses.

Farmington Hills is getting $25,000 for a study to revitalize the Grand River Corridor by distributing local, healthy food in a renovated historic building near Botsford Hospital.

Growing Hope in Ypsilanti will receive $24,794 to develop plans for a variety of local food projects.

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