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With a high tunnel, an urban farm has high hopes

Eric Mortenson/Capital Press Stacey Givens, owner of The Side Yard urban farm and kitchen in Northeast Portland, sells culinary herbs and organic vegetables to Portland restaurants. She bought the high tunnel in the background with a $2,200 grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service goes to an unusual urban farm in Portland.

By Eric Mortenson
Capital Press
September 2, 2015


“I started tomatoes at least a month before I usually do,” Givens said. This winter, she expects to continue herb and vegetable production under cover.

Providing such direct, on-the-ground help is an intentional policy shift by NRCS. Since 2008, the agency has helped farmers install 139 high tunnels in Oregon, at a program cost of $830,000. Funding comes from the Farm Bill.

Extending the growing season in Oregon can conserve energy by perhaps reducing the amount of produce trucked into the state from California, said Dean Moberg, an NRCS basin resource conservationist for the Northern Willamette Valley and Northern Oregon Coast.

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September 12, 2015   Comments Off on With a high tunnel, an urban farm has high hopes

Boston Banked a $25,000 Grant to Bolster Urban Agriculture


A Visioning Group will be created to support food production & other innovative ideas.

By Nick DeLuca
Boston Inno


On Friday, October 24, Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives announced that The Hub will be receiving a $25,000 planning grant courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).

“Urban Agriculture creates jobs and food access points in Boston’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “Aligning the goals and strategies of all constituents engaged in urban growing will allow us to better leverage resources, and to work more efficiently toward food system resilience in the City of Boston.”

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November 2, 2014   Comments Off on Boston Banked a $25,000 Grant to Bolster Urban Agriculture

EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture


Approximately 50 students will enroll in the Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree program that will utilize an urban farm site and aquaponics in greenhouse classrooms and gardens.

EPA Press Releaase
Sept 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $81,600 to Mesa Community College for the development of a cutting-edge “Center for Urban Agriculture” program which will include a degree program, urban farm site and engaging local elementary schools.

The Center for Urban Agriculture will partner with high schools, universities, industry, and communities. The program at Mesa Community College will serve as a model which can be replicated at sites across the state. Participants in the program will learn to utilize open spaces, abandoned lots, and suitable brownfield sites in the Greater Phoenix area to produce and eat healthy foods, reduce air and water pollution, reduce the urban heat island effect, establish and run profitable businesses, and beautify their neighborhoods.

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September 29, 2014   Comments Off on EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture

North Brooklyn Farms’ Kickstarter project

Transform More Vacant Brooklyn Lots into Urban Farms

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

With your support of this campaign, we will:

Hire additional education staff so we can expand our programming and accommodate twice as many farm visits from schoolchildren.

Build 10 more raised pallet beds to increase produce and cut flower production.

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Urban Farming film is fundraising in order to broadcast on PBS

‘Growing Cities’ documentary has been an official selection at 25+ film festivals

From their Kickstarter drive:

We need to raise at least $30,000 by July 9th so the film can be broadcast nationally on PBS this Fall. The film has been an official selection at 25+ film festivals and screened in more than 200 communities worldwide, inspiring tens of thousands to join the Good Food Movement.

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Britain’s ‘Growing Together’ to unlock money, land and skills for gardeners


Useful information resources for community growing groups which will help them with income generation (crowdfunding and Digital Income Generation) and highlight innovative ways that more land can be made available for community growing through community share schemes and workplace allotment-gardens.

Excerpt from: Growing Together Resources Page “Briefing: Workplace Growing”

The workplace growing concept

Workplace growing encompasses a wide range of gardening activity on sites where people work. This could be private businesses with spare pieces of land available for growing, public spaces such as universities, hospitals, schools, or prisons or could belong to organisations like churches or village halls. These are places where volunteers, staff, patients, prisoners, parishioners, customers and students can come together and create a vibrant space to grow.

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Charlottesville, Virginia Builds Community-Funded Greenhouse

NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the greenhouse

March 24, 2014


The Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) used a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money for the greenhouse. $10,000 later, they’re using help from the community again, this time to start building.

“We believe that working together to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities,” said Todd Niemeier, the operations director for UACC.

Here’s how it works: the UACC collaborates with people in neighborhoods that might not have access to fresh produce. They grow the food, harvest it, and distribute it free of charge to people who have helped out.

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Southside Community Land Trust awarded $255,000 for urban agriculture

Senator Whitehouse, Senator Reed, and Executive Director Margaret DeVos present the grant money. Credit Photo Cred. Emma Ruddock / RIPR.

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.

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Sustainable Financing and Urban Agriculture


Urban agriculture Magazine No. 26

Oct 2013


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.

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Save Hamtown Farms in Hamtramck Michigan

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.

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The Economist: Newly fashionable, allotments would profit from a touch of the market


Fruit and vegetable prices are up 30% since 2008, while overall inflation was 13% and wage rises much lower.

The Economist
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.

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Fiskars Community Garden Grants Available – Up to $5000


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.

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October 15, 2013   Comments Off on Fiskars Community Garden Grants Available – Up to $5000

Crowdfunding for 100 Urban Gardens Across America

(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,”

Matt Petronzio
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.

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Ensuring that urban farmers and food entrepreneurs get support

daniellDanielle Nierenberg, Food Tank co-founder, researching urban agriculture.

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
January, 2013
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.

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January 30, 2013   1 Comment

Seeds of Change® Awards Twelve $10,000 “Share the Good” Grants

Four of the winners.

Grants Support Community Gardens and Sustainable Farming Programs Nationwide

Los Angeles
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.

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January 23, 2013   1 Comment