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USDA grant designed to grow education, outreach opportunities

A large federal grant awarded to the Logan County Farmers’ Market through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be utilized to expand the market’s outreach to low-income families and to educate people about healthy eating and growing their own food, market manager Chloe Manor said.

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The Logan County Farmers’ Market plans to expand its outreach after receiving a federal grant in excess of $82,000. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Logan County was among six farmers’ markets in Ohio to be awarded funds recently through USDA’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program.

The $82,553 grant will be allocated in phases through September of 2014, Ms. Manor said. The grant cycle begins Oct. 1.

“They’re not just going to drop a big money bomb on us Oct. 1,” Ms. Manor said. “There’s some training yet to do through USDA before we see any money from this grant.”

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