OKEMAH — There’s money to be made in butterfly farming.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized the potential for jobs in the industry and awarded a $500,000 grant to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town in Oklahoma. The grant will support the Natives Raising Natives project, a partnership between the tribe and the Euchee Butterfly Farm that will enable tribal members to raise and sell butterflies.
The money is coming from the USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, which promotes the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. The Thlopthlocco grant is the largest awarded this year by the program, which also awarded grants to Native American communities in 17 other states.