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Farms, small firms get U.S. funds

Rochester Business Journal
August 22, 2014

Casa Larga Vineyards in Perinton and TreeCrisp2Go Inc. in Wayne County each have been awarded $200,000 in federal funding to enhance their operations, officials said this week.

The funding is part of $643,800 to be divvyed up among three farms and two small businesses in the Finger Lakes region. It was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grant Program, a joint statement Thursday by Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said.

Casa Larga will use its money to renovate a barn on the Turk Hill Road property, the statement said.

“The funding will help us renovate a barn on our property that needs repair and allow us to expand retail space on the vineyard by creating an indoor farmers market, allowing local farmers to sell their products year round,” Casa Larga general manager Steven Richards said in the statement.

“It will also position us to put more funding in product development, such as refillable wine growlers, beer combinations, and food products made with grape juice and wine.”

TreeCrisp2Go’s funding will enhance the marketing of a new apple product for the Wolcott family farm.

RT Solutions LLC, which does business as Worm Power in Avon, Livingston County, has secured $156,500 to produce a liquid that improves the quality of plants. The liquid is made from an organic vermi-compost.

Lagoner Farms Inc. in Williamson, Wayne County, will receive $49,900 to start a hard cider business.

Crosswinds Farm and Creamery in Ovid, Seneca County, will get $37,000 to market its artisan cheese business and improve the farm’s production.

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