2018-05-31 / Community News

Biddeford to benefit from Trump Administration grant

The Trump Administration has announced that Biddeford is one of 16 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in their neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop the local food economy. Through this program, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts will work directly with Engine, a nonprofit arts organization, and other community leaders to develop an actionable project that incorporates local food and creative placemaking in the historic downtown district and mill district.

“This grant is an opportunity to convene our community leaders – city of Biddeford, the Heart of Biddeford, Coastal Healthy Communities at University of New England, Biddeford Public Schools, and a local producer, The Farm –around the importance locally grown food can play in the creative revitalization of our historic Marble Block and the downtown,” said Tammy Ackerman, Engine executive director.

This year, the program is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Delta Regional Authority. The 16 Local Foods, Local Places communities were chosen from more than 75 applicants. Since its launch in 2014, it has helped 78 communities across the country develop local food enterprises, such as farmers markets, community gardens and cooperative grocery stores, that improve environmental, economic and health outcomes.

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