In Brattleboro, any resident of the town or surrounding area is no doubt familiar with the annual spectacle known as the Strolling of the Heifers. Monday morning, the office of Governor Peter Shumlin announced a $90,000 grant awarded to the Strolling of the Heifers for the Windham Grows project.
This large grant will hope to develop and promote business opportunities in the food and agriculture sector in Windham County.
In addition to this grant, the Vermont Council on Rural Development was awarded $40,000 of their own for a “Vernon Community Visit” which hopes to create a forum for community decisions moving Vernon forward.
Both of these grants were provided by the Windham County Economic Development Program and the funds stemmed from the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.
The Strolling of the Heifers, which received $90,000, takes place in early June and local dairy cows stroll through downtown Brattleboro with their owners, drawing in crowds from all over.