A new $6 million farm that the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services has awarded to the Cherries Crest Farm in Polk County, Florida, has received a $1.6 million grant.
The award was announced Tuesday during a press conference by the agency, which oversees the state’s agriculture program.
“It’s really nice to see our farm get this kind of attention,” said Cherries Farm owner and CEO Jason Knappenberger.
The grant, awarded to Knappens farm in October, will be used to build and renovate the farm’s three-story barn.
The $1 million in grants are part of a $2 million farm improvement grant the agency has awarded in the past.
The farm’s past work has included the planting of grape vines on the farm in February and an installation of a second-generation cotton gin, the first of its kind in the state.
“We’re really excited to see this farm go through the renovations and improvements and hopefully we can get a new lease on life,” Knappels wife, Christine, said in a statement.