Grafton is a small town, with a population of less than 6,000, that is constantly striving to better the community any way possible. The town’s Americorps Vista, Tyler Gorrell has recently stumbled upon an opportunity for Grafton to receive assistance in the revitalization of the downtown area through Local Foods, Local Places grant funding.
Gorrell revealed that he heard around this grant opportunity from Amanda Workman, whom he works with in his Vista program.
“She had asked me to look into it,” he shared. “I liked the potential it had to help Grafton out, so I applied.”
Gorrell has recently been notified that Grafton has been selected as a semi-finalist for a chance to receive grant funding.
Local Foods, Local Places is a program through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whose mission is to protect human health and the environment.
With more and more towns and communities taking interest in improving and strengthening their developmental growth of local food systems, while reinvesting in downtown areas and small neighborhoods, came the birth of the Local Foods, Local Places Program.