FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2016
Agricenter International Receives $100,000 Community Enhancement Grant from Commissioner Heidi Shafer
MEMPHIS, TN -- Today, Agricenter International received a $100,000 Shelby County Commission Community Enhancement Grant to further the completion of the Agricenter Trail. Commissioner Heidi Shafer dedicated her full $100,000 allotment of the non-profit grant to this project. Commissioner Shafer stated, “Connecting the Agricenter Farmer's Market to the Greenline makes good sense, giving walkers and bike riders reliable access to fresh foods right here in District 5. I want to thank my fellow Commissioners for allowing me to dedicate District 5's portion of the grant money to physical projects that all citizens can enjoy.”
John Butler, President of Agricenter International added, “We are humbled to receive this grant from Commissioner Shafer and are looking forward to furthering the network of greenway connections throughout the Mid-South.”
Agricenter Trail, a Greenprint Certified Project, is a partially paved path that starts on the west at the Pick Your Own Strawberry Patch and terminates at Agricenter Farmer's Market on the east. The trail showcases the agricultural character of the region and when completed, will delight the traveler with sights of production crops, research plots, and the solar farm. The trail leads to the Farmer’s Market which is a cultural resource and historic site as it is the original 1930’s dairy barn from the Shelby County Penal Farm. At the light on Farm Road, the trail connects to the Greenline at Shelby Farms Park.
The vision for this trail started when Agricenter was founded in 1983 and the intention was to pave it to completion. The desire lines on the path are evidence of current community use. In addition, bollards were acquired through a recent IOBY campaign and will be installed during the improvement process. For video and photos see: www.agricenter.org/trail.
Agricenter International is a non-profit dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.