Sen. LaSata: local winery wins MDARD grant

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Wednesday applauded a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announcement that St. Joseph-based Lazy Ballerina Winery has been awarded a Value Added and Regional Food System Grant.

According to the department, Lazy Ballerina will receive a $30,000 grant to support a winery production expansion and to process Michigan grown grapes and fruit.

“Michigan agriculture is a very important part of our economy, and Southwest Michigan is a leader in this growing industry,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “I am happy and proud that a local, women-owned small business has been awarded this competitive grant and hope it will help them continue to grow and prosper.”

The winery was one of 20 projects awarded a grant in the competitive program. The $1.8 million in grants will leverage more than $12 million in private investments for food and agriculture projects.

MDARD promotes and manages several competitive grant programs. For more information, visit