Category — Funding
11 Projects funded. “Supporting innovative urban agriculture initiatives and allowing new enterprises to thrive provides countless benefits to our residents in Boston,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Energy and Environmental Affairs
Oct 26, 2015
The following 11 projects will receive grants:
City of Somerville – $40,000
This project will improve community food access by improving the infrastructure on urban farm sites to increase production and allow year-round growing. The project will include the building of two greenhouses at the Somerville ARTFarm, adding 2,300 square feet of growing space. A partnership with the Groundwork Somerville Green Team will incorporate youth-led support for the installation of growing tables and seed trays.
Mill City Grows, Lowell – $40,000
The funding for this project will support the creation and implementation of an intensive fertility plan on all of their sites, expand their acreage from 1 1/8 acres to 2 1/8 acres, and develop organic pest and disease techniques. It will also assist with the purchase of needed equipment, including a compost spreader and a chisel plow, and tools to assist in managing weed and soil fertility issues unique to urban settings.
November 4, 2015 Comments Off on Urban agriculture projects in Massachusetts receive $330,000 funding
The work will focus on areas such as urban farming, food transparency and authenticity, supply chain and health.
Oct 19, 2015
This month, Target will kick-off a major project with MIT Media Lab’s Laboratory for Social Machines. Through this initiative, we will collect and analyze billions of public data points – spanning brand communications, traditional and social media messages and supply chain information – in an effort to map the global conversations related to food.
Later this year, Target will launch a website with IDEO to identify trends and ultimately explore how food will be grown, sold and consumed in the next 15 years.
October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Target Launches Collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab Explore the Future of Food and Urban Agriculture
How to apply the lessons from Windy City Harvest to other challenges facing this city.
Oct 9, 2015
Today, scores of Windy City-trained students, graduates and entrepreneurs cater to some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, supply farmers’ markets and funnel produce to food service operators, government programs and grocery stores. Many former nonviolent offenders have found jobs and careers. Windy City grads work at Revolution Brewery, Whole Foods, Eately Chicago and many other gardening- and food-related businesses.
October 17, 2015 Comments Off on Growing Chicago: A flourishing city in a garden
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
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.
September 12, 2015 Comments Off on With a high tunnel, an urban farm has high hopes
A Visioning Group will be created to support food production & other innovative ideas.
By Nick DeLuca
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.”
November 2, 2014 Comments Off on Boston Banked a $25,000 Grant to Bolster 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.
September 29, 2014 Comments Off on EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture
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.
June 20, 2014 Comments Off on North Brooklyn Farms’ Kickstarter project
‘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.
June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Urban Farming film is fundraising in order to broadcast on PBS
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.
April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Britain’s ‘Growing Together’ to unlock money, land and skills for gardeners
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.
March 30, 2014 Comments Off on Charlottesville, Virginia Builds Community-Funded Greenhouse
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 on Southside Community Land Trust awarded $255,000 for urban agriculture
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 on Sustainable Financing and Urban Agriculture
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 on Save Hamtown Farms in Hamtramck Michigan
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 on The Economist: Newly fashionable, allotments would profit from a touch of the market
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 on Fiskars Community Garden Grants Available – Up to $5000