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Grant supports urban farming initiative in Holyoke

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - State and local officials are teaming up with a community group to help create a new city farming program in western Massachusetts.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says the state will invest $200,000 in two Holyoke container farms that will be managed by Nuestras Raices, an organization that supports urban agriculture.

The farms will be located next to the recently-opened Culinary Arts Institute at Holyoke Community College. Officials say interns from the college and apprentices nearby neighborhoods will be taught hydroponic food production and grow leafy greens - such as lettuce and spinach - that will be sold to the college and local restaurants.

The farms are part of a new "transformative development" district in the city.

The state is also spending $1.6 million to help make the district safer for pedestrians.

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