Bangor, ME, Jul 31, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development has selected The Patriarchs Club in Harmony to receive Rural Economic Impact Initiative Grant funds of $30,250.
The Rural Economic Impact Initiative grant will be used to assist in the construction of an exhibition building on fair grounds. The facility will provide educational/cultural displays and activities focused on natural agricultural based fibers such as alpaca and sheep. The Patriarchs Club is a community improvement society located in Harmony that was established in 1947 to promote community projects for the betterment of the Town of Harmony. The Patriarchs Club operates the Harmony Free Fair, an agricultural fair that provides cultural and educational activities through agricultural exhibits and events.
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “Supporting local agricultural activities is key to building awareness and support for Maine farmers and agricultural producers. I am so pleased USDA Rural Development could assist The Patriarchs Club in their valuable efforts.”
Patriarchs Club President Jeff Chadbourne said, “This grant will enable the Patriarchs to promote local farmers and their products and educate the public in a variety of different aspects of agriculture in Maine. The grant also benefits the local contractors who will be working to build this exhibition building which will be focused on fiber animals and their products.”
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.