Wednesday, July 19, 2023

State Grant of Over Half a Million Dollars Awarded to Little Leaf Farms' for Expansion Plans

CARBON COUNTY - Little Leaf Farms, a pioneering lettuce producer, is set to undergo a major transformation thanks to a substantial state grant of $501,136. 

The grant, officially announced by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122), will facilitate the construction of four state-of-the-art ten-acre indoor greenhouses, solidifying the company's position as a global leader in innovative agricultural practices.

The expansion project is slated to take place in Banks Township, near McAdoo, and will see Little Leaf Farms significantly amplify its greenhouse space from 20 acres to an impressive 60 acres. The infusion of this substantial grant is projected to create 300 new jobs for the local community.

Upon completion, the sprawling 60-acre indoor lettuce production facility will become the largest of its kind in the world, solidifying the company's position as a trailblazer in revolutionizing the lettuce industry. 

Eager to underscore the significance of this groundbreaking endeavor, Senator Dave Argall expressed gratitude that Little Leaf Farms emerged successful in the highly competitive funding process, setting the stage for an unprecedented agricultural revolution within Carbon County.

"Little Leaf Farms is changing how the lettuce industry operates right here in Carbon County," said Sen. Argall. "I'm thankful they were awarded this highly competitive funding to support their grand plans for the future."

Rep. Doyle Heffley noted the historic significance of this momentous project and how it harmoniously aligns with Carbon County's industrious legacy.

"Carbon County has a heritage of hard-working industrious individuals, from mining coal to building canals and railroads, and now new food production processes that will compliment and expand our economic portfolio," said Rep. Heffley. "I'm happy to see the continued growth of Little Leaf Farms and jobs in Carbon County."

The allocated funds will be strategically utilized to reinforce the natural gas pipelines at the site, an essential measure to support the proposed construction of the four new greenhouses. 

The development came to fruition through the Pipeline Investment Program during a recent meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The grant's financial backing will be complemented by an equal investment from UGI Utilities.

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