- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Five Massachusetts farms are sharing $400,000 in state grant money to improve their infrastructure.

Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield is receiving $100,000 for dairy infrastructure improvements. Burnett Farm in Adams is getting $50,000 for a barn expansion.

The Kitchen Garden in Sunderland is getting $75,000 for a produce packing and storage building. Nourse Family Farm in Westborough is receiving $75,000 for a farm stand renovation. And Westport Rivers in Westport is getting $100,000 for a grapevine propagation facility.

The money comes from the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program.

The program was established in 2009 to provide money and technical assistance to farms to build up their infrastructure.

Gov. Charlie Baker says the investments help create jobs and make Massachusetts’ farms more competitive, nationally and globally.

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