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By Ellie Watson
Sweet Grown Alabama
Sweet Grown Alabama has been awarded a grant to track locally grown products purchased by five grocery store and distribution partners.
The specialty crop block grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, provides financial incentives to the stores in exchange for local procurement data. Sweet Grown Alabama’s goal is to motivate store owners and distributors to boost the amount of locally grown products purchased, which in turn will make Alabama-grown products more readily available for consumers.
“We are so grateful to local grocery stores and distributors who value Alabama-grown products and already support so many of our local farmers,” said Sweet Grown Alabama Director Ellie Watson. “Through this grant program, we hope to make buying local products even easier for our grocery members. We know buying local takes a bit more money and effort, but the economic benefit it brings to our state outweighs the challenges.”
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