Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery Receives $149,500 USDA Grant
Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery located in Basehor, Kansas has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for $149,500. This USDA grant is a Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) for the winery’s expansion into new markets in Bonner Springs and Lenexa and for new customers who travel to Basehor for the tasting room and event experiences.
Holy-Field co-owner Michelle Meyer Havey worked with Ashley Hardin, Special Projects & Grants Director at Leavenworth County Development Corporation (LCDC), in early 2018 to complete the 60+ page application and supporting documents required by the USDA. Holy-Field was successful in obtaining these funds to be used for production and marketing for its new market expansion.
“Grants can be intimidating to start, complete and implement. With the expert help of Ashley Hardin from LCDC, we were able to secure a grant that keeps agriculture in our community,” Michelle said. “Receiving a VAPG will benefit Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery’s presence in nearby growth areas. Our long history of award winning wines will be the first name people think of when they make the choice to “drink local!”
The grapes used for Holy-Field’s award winning wines are grown on the property’s 17-acre vineyard. The grapes are crushed during harvest season, then the juice is fermented and filtered, and bottled onsite. Holy-Field hosts music and special events throughout the year. Annually, 30,000 visitors come to the tasting room. This is the second USDA Value Added Producer Grant awarded to Holy-Field. In 2016, LCDC successfully helped the winery receive $81,000 for an expansion project.