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Washington DC Mayor announces $1.4 million in grants for urban agriculture

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Mayor Vincent Gray announces awards.

$800,000 to develop demonstration gardens and $600,000 to build compost sites on urban farms or community gardens.

Press Release
District of Columbia
Dept of the Environment
Dec 13, 2012

Excerpt:

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) was awarded $800,000 to lead a partnership to develop demonstration gardens at recreation centers in each ward, providing greater access to healthy, local food. “Sustainability is at the core of DPR’s programmatic offerings,” said DPR Director Jesus Aguirre. “This grant will help create an urban-farm initiative to minimize food deserts and work with communities across the city to educate residents through programs at our recreation centers and the eight demonstration-garden sites.”

The DC Office of Planning (OP) will use its $600,000 award to lead an effort to design and build three to four compost sites co-located with urban farms or community gardens. The sites will test different methods of composting for residential drop-off. Harriet Tregoning, Director of OP and Co-Chair of Sustainable DC, said, “Community interest in composting and urban agriculture is growing exponentially. We are responding with on-the-ground efforts to design and test new practices to help make composting available citywide.”

See Compost Cab article about the news here.

See Mayor Vincent Gray announces winning city agencies in sustainability contest here.