Brass City Harvest Regional Food Hub Announcement – Waterbury Connecticut – October 7, 2015
Brass City Harvest has landed a $24,000 grant from the USDA for a planning project on the development of a Waterbury Food Hub, announced Mayor Neil M. O'Leary at a press conference with BCH Director Susan Pronovost and state officials.
Funding will be used to hire an architect, conduct a feasibility study and market analysis, and draw up a construction budget for the Food Hub—the first of its kind proposed for Connecticut—according to Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, who secured the funding.
Local and regional farmers will be able to truck their produce to the Food Hub for fresh-packing and distribution. Urban farmers will produce in-house hydroponic crops, and operate a year-round farmers' market. Through hyper-local distribution the Food Hub will also help address the problem of food deserts in the city's south end.
The center will also feature educational programming and occupational training, and work with Waterbury schools and residents to develop a sustainable local agricultural economy.