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The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is offering grants for buying grape vines to farms in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties as part of SMADC’s Growing Grapes for Wine Program.
The program requires matching funds from the farm owner for the purchase of grape vines of recommended grape varieties compatible with the region.
The grapes program is offered in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension, which will provide training and production expertise.
To be eligible, an applicant must own or be co-applicant with the owner of at least five acres of land currently in agricultural use.
Existing grape growers and new growers may apply. Past participants of the cost-share program are eligible, as are past recipients of SMADC’s Farm Viability Grant Program.
Awards for the spring will be contingent upon farms having suitable soils that already have been tested for nematodes. Awards will be made based on satisfactory test results and pending availability of funding.
Grant applications are due by Oct. 21.
To download an application, go to the “News and Announcements” page at www.SMADC.com or call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.