The Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative recently received a $27,133 grant from the state Department of Agriculture’s farm viability grant program in support of a multipronged goal to increase consumer participation and vendor sales at the market by at least 25 percent in 2016, reports the Fairfield County Business Journal.

In partnership with CityCenter Danbury, the collaborative consists of more than 30 community leaders who share the goal of fostering downtown Danbury’s economic development and agricultural viability by providing equitable access to fresh food for all. CityCenter Danbury is part of the CMSC member network.

Recently awarded to more than a dozen municipalities and nonprofit organizations across the state, the farm viability grant supports improvements to farmers markets and their promotion, expansion of school and community gardens, preservation of farmland; the installation of composting facilities and other unspecified enhancement programs.

Farmers Market gets grant, aims higher