State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today announced that Lazy Ballerina Winery of St. Joseph has been selected as a recipient of a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development grant. Their project will be awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. Lazy Ballerina was one of the twenty projects that received funding out of a total of ninety-four different proposals.
Funding in the amount of $30,000 will be used to expand their winery production to process Michigan grapes and fruits.
“I want to personally thank Lazy Ballerina Winery and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for their continued investment in our community,” Wendzel said. “Small businesses employ a majority of our residents and help our communities thrive. I’m incredibly proud of this collaboration that will create even more economic opportunities in Southwest Michigan.”