Sappey announces $50K grant awarded to local sheep farm

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program has been awarded to True North Farmstead LLC.

True North Farmstead is a sheep farm in East Bradford Township consisting of a small flock of East Friesian ewes. The grant will go toward the renovation of the existing barn’s tack room, which includes concrete flooring, drainage, HVAC and electrical and plumbing upgrades. The grant will also help fund the purchase of a complete pasteurization and processing system, including a 15-gallon vat pasteurizer, digital thermometers, chart recorder, sanitation devices, chiller and a packaging system. These facility upgrades and modern equipment will help the farm produce and sell artisan cheeses.

“I am so grateful to see these funds awarded to a farm right here in Chester County,” Sappey said. “Supporting local agriculture benefits our local job market, economy and our environment. These funds will help residents shop local, which keeps emissions down and cuts our carbon footprint by eliminating the harmful effects of transporting products.”

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established, with Rep. Sappey’s support, under Act 38 of 2019 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Agriculture, under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

More information can be found on the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program’s website or by contacting Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264.