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Massachusetts awards $108,266 to five projects in support of the emerging urban agriculture sector

The Department of Agricultural Resources’ Urban Agriculture Program, through which the grants are funded, aims to increase the production, processing and marketing of produce grown in urban areas and provide city residents access to fresh food.

By Alex Newman
Somerville Patch
January 19, 2017

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“Urban farming has an opportunity to play a major role in the healthy food options available in Massachusetts communities,” said Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Our administration is proud to support the Urban Agriculture Program and the anticipated economic and environmental benefits that urban farming initiatives will bring to residents of the Commonwealth.”

Groundwork Somerville will utilize its funding to improve soil fertility at the South Street Farms and install structures to create vertical growing spaces. The grant will also go toward outfitting its greenhouse with irrigation and heat retention systems, as well as cold frames for season extension.

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