Grow Youngstown receives USDA grant

Grow Youngstown receives USDA grant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Locally grown food is always a topic of conversation with the folks at Grow Youngstown.

The organization gets all of their food from within 30 miles of Youngstown and Warren.

With the help of a $97,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the group’s mission to provide local, organic food to residents can move forward.

Elsa Higby said this is an exciting time to expand the group over the next couple of years.

“It is really exciting for us. We had been an entirely volunteer led organization for years with part-time staff,” Higby said. “This is the first year we have had full-time staff and the first USDA grant we have written. It is big.”

Grow Youngstown is looking to increase members by 100 percent over the next two years.

The USDA has awarded over $52 million to support local and regional food systems and the organic industry through five USDA grant programs. Most of the grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.

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