Resolution No. 18

To Support Development of a Value-Added Organic Agriculture Project

August 16, 2002

Whereas, Maharishi Vedic City is seeking to develop business and industry in the city and create jobs;

Whereas, the City, working with the Agriculture Steering Committee, a citizens action committee, has identified value-added organic agricultural production, processing, packaging, and direct wholesale and retail marketing, as a key economic cornerstone of the City’s development and one that is in keeping with the City’s goal of fostering businesses that provide healthy products;

Whereas, the proposed agricultural production will focus particularly on growing fresh vegetables and fruit year round in greenhouses as well as seasonal production in fields, orchards and vineyards;

Whereas, implementation of this project requires substantial capitalization; and

Whereas, there are many federal, state, and private funding programs and sources to support agricultural and particularly value-added agricultural projects.

Now, therefore, in expression of its full support for the development of a value-added organic agriculture project in Maharishi Vedic City, the City Council adopts the following resolutions:

Resolved, that the City shall assist the Agriculture Steering Committee in applying for and securing federal and state grants, loans, and loan guarantees, and in attracting other financing including through leasing companies and private financial sources to develop greenhouse production, processing, packaging, and direct marketing of organic produce;

Resolved, that the City shall commit in-kind services to assist in securing loans and other funding for this project;

Resolved, that a grant application submitted August 8, 2002, to the US Department of Agriculture under the Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Grant Program (VADG) including the commitment of in-kind matching by the City in terms of services in assisting to prepare a business operations manual and the assistance of certain citizen action committees, is hereby ratified and approved;

Resolved, that submission of additional applications for funding to the USDA and other funding sources with the assistance of the City and using the name of the City are here encouraged; and

Resolved, that Dr. Bob Wynne, Mayor, is requested and authorized by the Council to work with the Agricultural Steering Committee and federal, state, and private funding sources to secure financing for this project.

This resolution was adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council on August 16, 2002.


Date: August 16, 2002  
    Bob Wynne, Mayor
Fran Clark City Clerk    
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