BANGOR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving nearly $300,000 to five Maine communities and organizations to support rural business growth in the state.

The largest grant will go to the town of New Canada to acquire land and build a garage and workshop for lease to Allagash View Farm to use for at its Christmas tree and wreath operation. The grant totals nearly $83,000.

Other grants will go to the Maine Farmland Trust, the city of Eastport, the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and the Somerset Economic Development Corporation. The grant to Maine Farmland Trust will be used to provide a technical assistance program about wholesale farming.

USDA rural development state director Virginia Manuel said the grants will help a total of 142 business and farms in the state.