The Southeast Kansas community of Pittsburg is getting a new pavilion building to house the Pittsburg Farmer's Marker with help from USDA's Rural Development program.
Groundbreaking for the new building was last week, with Christie McReynolds with USDA Rural Development present to help the community celebrate the milestone. A loan of $110,000 and a grant of $82,000, provided through Rural Development's Community Facilities Program, are helping fund the project.
"We are pleased to be assisting with the Pittsburg Farmer's Market pavilion building that will provide citizens of Pittsburg and surrounding areas with increased access to locally grown food," said Patty Clark USDA Rural Development State Director in Kansas. "This federal investment will help to create additional opportunities for local and regional food producers to sell their products, and will provide customers with a facility where they can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Local/Regional food projects such as this can improve the health of southeast Kansas, which is an important element of a vibrant and growing economy."
About the program
USDA's Community Facilities program was created to help rural areas build needed facilities, including child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
The Farmer's Market pavilion is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014, in plenty of time for the first local produce of the season. The city of Pittsburg is providing a $41,000 forgivable loan from the city's revolving loan fund to help with the rest of the money for the $234,000 project.
USDA Rural Development has numerous loan and grant programs available to assist organizations or producers who are involved in local food production and regional food systems.
For more information about USDA Rural Development please call 785-271-2700 or visit USDA Rural Development online.