Category — Funding
Grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services for urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Rhode Island
By Emma Ruddock
Nov 8, 2013
The Southside Community Land Trust was selected to receive over $250,000 in federal grant money to support urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Providence. The organization focuses on teaching community members how to turn under-utilized land into sustainable sources of food and revenue.
November 19, 2013 Comments Off
Urban agriculture Magazine No. 26
Sustainable financing can be viewed from two perspectives. According to the first, an adequate mix of public and private financing, and significant reliance on local finance options, for any activity is necessary to avoid dependency on external funding (often project related). The second perspective relates to the purpose of the investment, focusing here on value chains in the sanitation and (peri)urban agricultural (UPA) sectors.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
See firefighters water the community garden
Excerpt from their funding site:
For more than 2 years Hamtown Farms, a community garden featuring raised beds and a significant fruit orchard (including the exotic pawpaw), has been dramatically reshaping the landscape of Hamtramck Michigan.
Launched in 2011 with full city support and overwhelming volunteer involvement, Hamtown Farms cleaned up 9 city-owned lots that had sat vacant, littered and neglected for nearly 40 years.
Farm organizers wished to buy the property from the very beginning, and the city depserately wanted to sell the property. Unfortunately all city-owned property in the south side of Hamtramck was frozen due to a lawsuit filed in the 1970′s.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
Fruit and vegetable prices are up 30% since 2008, while overall inflation was 13% and wage rises much lower.
Oct 5, 2013
Still, allotments are cheap—rents are usually around £40 ($65) a year—with the scarce land rationed using queues. The waiting list is equivalent to half the allotments in England, but supply of new plots is inflexible. Only 1,950 new strips of land have been set up by councils in the past two years. They are expensive to develop—a typical one costs £2,000.
November 7, 2013 Comments Off
Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.3 million to 140 community groups
Apply for your 2014 Project Orange Thumb Grant today – apply by Dec. 31, 2013
It’s time for Fiskars Project Orange Thumb to begin another year of neighborhood beautification, and this is your chance to bring our community gardening initiative to your area. If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, simply apply to our grant program by December 31. Your organization could receive $5,000 in cash and garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Your group could even be the recipient of a complete garden makeover, in which the Project Orange Thumb team comes to your neighborhood and turns unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day! Grant recipients will be announced March 31, 2014.
October 15, 2013 Comments Off
(Very funny video. Mike)
“We’re empowering people to teach their own communities how to ‘fish’ so their whole community will be self-sustaining and will be able to eat for life,”
Jan 22, 2013
Whole Kids Foundation, PACT and Indiegogo have joined forces to create an inspiring crowdfunding initiative: building 100 urban gardens across the United States. This is the first time a non-profit, a brand and a global crowdfunding platform have partnered to help drive change in local communities around the country.
Whole Foods’ non-profit arm will facilitate each grant and provide online resources, while PACT, an organic apparel company supporting global causes, will provide physical perks in exchange for donations. Indiegogo will provide the platform through which donations can be made until Feb. 28.
February 5, 2013 Comments Off
Why it’s important for the funding and donor communities and policy-makers to invest in urban agriculture
By Danielle Nierenberg
Co-Founder, Food Tank
For the 2013 Urban Agriculture Summit, Linköping, Sweden
More than half of all people in the world live in cities. By 2050, 80 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, according to the United Nations. And today, at least 800 million people worldwide participate in some form of urban food production. Finding better ways for farmers and food entrepreneurs to grow food, raise livestock, and process and manufacture food in cities is more important than ever before.
And there are hundreds of initiatives around the world helping urban farmers, businesses, and consumers, find ways to grow, sell, and process food in cities.
January 30, 2013 1 Comment
Grants Support Community Gardens and Sustainable Farming Programs Nationwide
January 22, 2013
Seeds of Change®, maker of nutritious organic foods, is excited to announce the 12 recipients of its $10,000 “Share the Good” grants in support of community based gardening and sustainable farming.
The 12 recipients were selected from more than 13,000 entries and nominations received as part of the grant program to enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities. Organizations told Seeds of Change® how they share the good in their communities through sustainable gardening and farming for a chance to receive one of 12 $10,000 grants.
January 23, 2013 1 Comment
At the Moritzplatz in Berlin, a busy roundabout in the centre of bustling Kreuzberg, well over a thousand supporters have helped the site to grow “from an ugly vacant lot to a paradise”. Over 500 different types of herbs and vegetables are growing here.
The Prinzessinnengarten is a communal project – vegetable beds are shared without any one claiming their own.
Funding project begun:
Material support is especially essential for the initiation of participatory process. In the past we have started a well-respected participation project with over 100 youth from the neighborhood, called ‘city safari’. With backing from the district we suggest a similar process for the Moritzplatz. We aim to show that participation can be more than displaying pre-made working plans for the public to agree to. In workshops and idea factories we would like to develop ideas on how to live within cities together with the people that live around us. We plan to design practical approaches such as a communal composting system, a collective bicycle repair shop or a public library.
January 19, 2013 1 Comment
$900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation funds working on small urban farms in Washington State
Educating the next generation in sustainable, urban farming
By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
Washington State University News
Jan 7, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. – As green-collar jobs continue to emerge, a three-year $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation brings together Washington State University and several Puget Sound community colleges to support undergraduate students interested in pursuing educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture and working on small urban farms.
Edmonds Community College leads the SAgE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) collaborative project, which builds on a previous grant that successfully introduced a sustainable urban agriculture program to Seattle Central Community College, said Jason Niebler, project director and co-principal investigator on the NSF grant.
January 8, 2013 1 Comment
$800,000 to develop demonstration gardens and $600,000 to build compost sites on urban farms or community gardens.
District of Columbia
Dept of the Environment
Dec 13, 2012
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.”
December 26, 2012 Comments Off
Rooftop Farm idea one of five finalists
The Tomato Upstairs
Excerpt from Know Jax
Nov 19, 2012
Daniel Burstein, a local Jacksonville entrepreneur, is in the running to win a $100,000 investment from GQ and Ketel One to jumpstart his business. Daniel’s business plan was chosen from thousands of entries and now he is one of the five finalists for the GQ and Ketel One “A Gentleman’s Call” competition.
November 29, 2012 1 Comment
Grants for the U.S. (including territories), U.K., and Canada.
The School Garden Grant Program is a collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps. A school garden is a vital educational tool – every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits! Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.
To be eligible for the $2,000 (US$) School Garden Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private or charter – elementary, middle, or secondary) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables.
November 22, 2012 Comments Off
“Hurricane Sandy has hit some of our vulnerable farming friends within the City limits.”
By Derek Denckla
Co-Chair, Slow Money NYC
Nov 1, 2012
1. Added Value’s Red Hook Community Farm Needs Help! Hurricane Sandy submerged the community farm in several feet of sea water when it came ashore on October 29th, 2012. Harvest ruined. Possible soil contamination. Topsoil an beehives lost. Office flooded.
Added Value’s Red Hook Farm grows more than just food. It catalyzes a Food Justice ecosystem in our community through youth empowerment programs. And now, Added Value needs your help now more than ever. Here’s how you can help:
–Donate. A gift of any amount is welcome, via PayPal or Credit Card.
–Volunteer. Follow updates on AV’s Facebook and contact Added Value for more ways to help.
November 3, 2012 Comments Off
This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
By Yves Cabannes
Development Planning Unit, University College London
Environment and Urbanization
October 2012 vol. 24 no. 2 665-683
For most small urban farmers, the lack of access to financing is a major bottleneck in their capacity to maintain and expand their activities, and more generally in the potential for scaling up affordable food production in cities. This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In each city, the teams examined how urban farmers are financing their activities along the value chain, essentially with their own resources, what the gaps are between their needs and the existing practices of public and private institutions with regard to finance, and what mechanisms and innovations can help to close this gap.
October 14, 2012 1 Comment