Meriden business honored for its urban farming efforts

Meriden business honored for its urban farming efforts

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MERIDEN – Trifecta Ecosystems Inc. will be one of 10 businesses and organizations to receive an Award of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center at a ceremony in June.

Trifecta Ecosystems Inc., 290 Pratt St, was selected for an initiative called The City That Feeds Itself – a series of educational community programs on urban farms.

Trifecta converted former manufacturing space at the Meriden Enterprise Center into an aquaponics system and lab for growing fish, plants and beneficial bacteria in an enclosed ecosystem. The food is sold to the public and the system is taught in schools and other agencies.

The company is putting up another facility in New Britain.  

“That’s very nice,”  Eric Francis, chief marketing manager for Trifecta Ecosystems Inc. said about the award. “We’re getting more people behind the mission. We’re excited to be part of the Connecticut entrepreneurial team, and getting any recognition is appreciated.”

Connecticut Main Street Center also selected projects in Canton, Hartford, Hebron, Newtown, Norfolk, Putnam, Waterbury and Westville Village (New Haven).  

Other winning projects involved redevelopment of neighborhoods and a citizen-driven community hub and co-working space.

“While our winners are from communities large and small, their commitment and passion are universal,” said Patrick McMahon, chief executive officer for Connecticut Main Street Center. “Collectively, they’re addressing key downtown challenges like rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, attracting new entrepreneurs, and furthering downtown investment.”

 Connecticut Main Street Center’s mission aims to improve community and economic development within the context of historic preservation, and is committed to bringing the state’s commercial districts back to life socially and economically.

It is supported by founding sponsors, the state Department of Economic and Community Development, and Eversource Energy, in addition to growth sponsors UIL Holdings Corp. and the State Historic Preservation Office. 

The awards will be presented at CMSC’s Vibrant Main Streets awards celebration in downtown Willimantic on June 3rd.
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