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Town's Maselli Farm Project Receives State Agricultural Grant

The grant is designed to grow Connecticut's agricultural economy.

The Maselli Farm barn. Patch file photo.
The Maselli Farm barn. Patch file photo.

The Town of Hamden is among the more than 40 farms, agricultural non-profits and municipalities that will receive state funding as part of an ongoing effort to expand Connecticut’s growing agricultural economy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced Thursday.

“Our diverse and vibrant agriculture sector is an important economic driver for our state with enormous potential for future job creation and economic growth,” Malloy said. “These grants are a clear sign that we can both preserve our agricultural heritage and help it expand and create jobs.”

The $880,327 in funding was made through the Agriculture Department’s Farm Transition Grant and Farm Viability Grant programs, designed to increase farm production, promote Connecticut Grown products and create jobs. The funding – which requires a match from the grantee - will leverage nearly $2.4 million in investments.  

“Connecticut’s agriculture economy is making many significant advances in the right direction, and these grants will help keep that momentum going,” Reviczky said. “These are important investments that will benefit both producers and consumers.” 

Agricultural Viability Grants are made available through Public Act 05-228, An Act Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation. The legislation protects and preserves Connecticut by providing funding for municipal open-space grants, farm viability and preservation, historic preservation and new and existing affordable housing programs, along with new infrastructure to support and promote agriculture in the state.

Farm Viability Grants (municipalities and agricultural non-profit organizations):

Town of Hamden, Maselli Farm - Farm feasibility study. Total project budget:  $30,000; Grant: $18,000.

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis and a match must be supplied by the applicant. The Department of Agriculture’s share of the budget is capped at $49,999 in matching funds.  Grantees have up to one year to complete their project, according to the terms of their contract.

Funding is not limited to producers.  Non-profit organizations and municipalities also are eligible, and may use the grants for town or regional planning purposes provided that agricultural components are involved.  The Department of Agriculture plans to open up the grant-application period again in November.

For more information on these grants, visit the Department’s website at www.ct.gov/doag/. Click on: “Programs and Services” and then: “Agriculture Viability Grants.”

In January, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation awarded a grant of $5,000 to the town to repair the historic Maselli Farm Barn’s roof. 


Thomas Alegi March 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM
How can greats be allowed for a farm that has a large areas of chemical ground contamination. There is a report in the Mayors office that will back-up this comment if it has not been misplaced, like so many other reports have been misplaced.. If any one recalls that farm was doing to be developed as housing but the developer back out, due to the cost of cleaning up the chemical ground contamination. So how with no clean up ever done that land is safe for agricultural use. What is the half life those chemicals in the ground?
cheryl March 22, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Does the town own that land? If not, who owns it?
John Flanagan March 22, 2014 at 09:50 AM
That, Tom, is because the only alleged "contamination" was from farm chemicals and fertilizers. We'll be told it, conveniently, doesn't matter anymore. That's because in reality, it never did. The alleged contamination was "discovered" for the then Board of Education because they didn't want to relocate the Middle School in the southern end of town. "Down there" was the phrase used by Alida Begina when she thought she was out of ear shot. It was in the sentences: "Well. We want to get the Middle School built away from that part of Town. We don't want to be down there anymore." And, she was speaking to then BOE member (President I believe) Mickey Degnan, Carl Amento & a PTA person from the West Woods area. [Her name escapes me because I didn't run into her more than a couple of times while I was on the Council; never when I was PTA Council President; and, and never since I left.] I happened to be around for the comment accidentally because I needed to meet with Carl & Town Construction Manager Dom Proto on another matter. It's Hamden, Tom. What else can we expect except convenient equivocation?
Thomas Alegi March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM
John, as you and I well know we are told conveniently our valid concerns no long matter in this ever changing Hamden environment. They say “time heals all wounds”... Hamden has a lot of new and old wounds, but not enough time or money for them to heal properly….. They also say “The operation was successful, but sadly the patent died.”

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