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Click on image for larger file. Photo from from Fleet Farming, Orlando.
“This grant will help support our continued efforts to transform our urban environment and make our city more liveable and sustainable,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement.
By Brendan O’Connor
October 17, 2016
The City of Orlando, in cooperation with IDEAS For US (Website) has received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers Market Promotion Program. The money will fund three projects in West Orlando and Parramore:
Creating 10-15 “farmlettes” in resident front yards, creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based on the Fleet Farming model
October 26, 2016 No Comments
The Mahindra Group, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is a major producer of tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services.
By Marti Benedetti
Crain’s Detroit Business
Oct 12, 2016
The 2016 Mahindra Urban Agriculture Grant recipients and the programs are:
Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Earthworks Urban Farm Agriculture Training Program ($12,500): to support a nine-month program to train urban farmers and food entrepreneurs.
Full Circle Foundation ($7,500): to fund development of the entrepreneurial Friends and Flowers Program for developmentally delayed teens and adults. (2015 grant recipient)
October 22, 2016 No Comments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of USDA guaranteed loans for smaller scale farms and urban producers
The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.
By Gary Truitt
Hosier Ag Today
Oct 20, 2016
“Over the past seven years, we have been transforming our loan programs at USDA so that they can be attainable and useful to all kinds and sizes of producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize their operations. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in nearly every county in the country, and we encourage all farmers, including those in urban areas, to stop in and inquire about this program.”
October 21, 2016 No Comments
The B.C. government is providing funding of up to $25,000 each for 10 communities so they can work directly with their local residents in helping grow their own food.
Investment Agriculture Foundation Of BC
The goal of Grow Local BC is to provide a deeper connection between B.C. food, B.C. communities and the people that live in them. By encouraging British Columbians to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables, they will help strengthen local food supply security.
October 6, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Grow Local’ British Columbia Funding
Farm at the Barn to open summer 2017
Sept 15, 2015
The Farm at the Barn will increase access to fresh local produce, promote community sustainability, encourage volunteerism and stimulate educational opportunities. A percentage of the produce grown will benefit Raley’s Food For Families program, which aims to end hunger locally by providing fresh, healthy food to those in need, and create a built-in market for beginning farmers to sell their crops.
September 23, 2016 Comments Off on Raley’s Supermarket Donates $25,000 for New West Sacramento Urban Farm
Spokane Conservation District has received a $47,000 grant to build a network of skilled farmers to help others who want to raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep or small pigs.
By Mike Prager
Sept 7, 2016
During a visit to Swagerty’s backyard farm in the 3400 block of West Longfellow Avenue, she talked about how a 10,500-square-foot lot with a small home and garage can be turned to greater food production.
The mainstay of her animal production is a momma goat named Missy who produces milk after giving birth to two kids. The milk is used at the home to make yogurt, cheese and pancakes, as well as help feed the young goats.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Spokane: Grant to build network of experts on urban farms
Kevin Jezewski, assistant director of food and beverage for Savor, which manages food service at McCormick Place, stands over the rooftop garden at McCormick Place on April, 26, 2016. The 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden grows food served in the convention center. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago’s new “Growing for Chicago” initiative is one of 45 projects to be awarded a total of $26.6 million this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Conservation Innovation Grants.
By Greg Trotter
Sept 8, 2016
Urban farming has gained momentum in Chicago in recent years with the increased popularity of locally sourced food. Chicago’s project will provide “microgrants” and technical assistance to farmers, while also recruiting and training new farmers from neighborhoods, such as Englewood, where there’s a dearth of jobs and few healthy food options, said Chris Wheat, chief sustainability officer of Chicago.
September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant
There are 16 “mini” allotments on-site, along with a toilet and communal storage unit, plus a community plot for use by pupils of the neighbouring Trinity Academy
By Brian Donnelly
Sept 1, 2016
Retired teacher Colin Finlayson managed to secure an allotment from the new batch after nine years on the waiting list.
He said there are benefits on top of having the healthy fresh produce he has grown such as potatoes, leaks, raspberries and strawberries.
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh
The government agency says it will also offer loans to help urban farmers obtain more land and storage so that they may continue to grow fresh produce for the Bronx.
News 12 The Bronx
July 26, 2016
Members of the USDA met with urban farmers in the South Bronx Tuesday to discuss improving agriculture methods.
The USDA, along with the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture, met with urban farmers at the La Familia Verde Farmers Market and the Tremont Community Garden on Prospect Avenue.
August 1, 2016 Comments Off on USDA meets with urban farmers in the Bronx
This unusual way of supporting an estimated 110 of Chicago’s nearly 800 community gardens grew out of a winter ritual held at the Hideout known as Soup & Bread.
By Lori Rotenberk
July 19, 2016
For 12 weeks each summer, the Hideout is home to Veggie Bingo and its cult following of community garden supporters. The fees, $4 a card or three for $10, benefit a different community garden each week and have helped gardens purchase tools and supplies including soil, seeds, sheds, compost, benches, and scholarships for young workers. On this July evening, the numbers are being sung for supporters of the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
July 21, 2016 Comments Off on Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens
This year’s pilot initiative awarded a total of $10,000 in ‘micro-grants’ from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations.
By Dan Shortridge
June 24, 2016
WILMINGTON — Eleven Delaware urban farm and community garden projects are receiving support to grow and thrive through a new initiative designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition, Governor Jack Markell announced today.
“Urban agriculture and community gardens are an amazing way to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life,” Gov. Markell said. “Over the last several years we’ve seen a tremendous growth in the community garden movement across Delaware and I’m pleased that our support is helping these neighborhood treasures impact even more families with fresh, nutritious food, connect kids with nature, and enrich the lives of the next generation.”
This year’s pilot initiative awarded $10,000 in micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations. Governor Markell’s budget proposal would double that funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
June 28, 2016 Comments Off on Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects
GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.
June 17, 2016
ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta today announced that it received a $40,000 grant from The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors through the GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program. The funding will facilitate the expansion of three successful urban agriculture programs across Atlanta, including Covenant House Georgia’s urban garden, the Atlanta Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict community gardens. The announcement was made today at the GRO1000 Atlanta kickoff event at Covenant House Georgia.
June 21, 2016 Comments Off on City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program
“Giving back to the community is an important part of what we do,” Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada president Fred Volf
June 10, 2016
Rare charitable research reserve announced the $100,000 partnership with the Japanese automotive company in a news release Thursday. The money will mean that Springbank Community Gardens will be able to grow its 15,000 square foot plot dedicated to food banks by another 6,800 square feet, the release said, an expansion expected to double the garden’s organic produce output from what it was in 2015.
June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota
Three amazing non-profit urban farms dedicated to feeding their community will win $15,000 each to grow their project (2 in US and 1 in Canada).
Applications are open from June 6th to 20th
Nature’s Path has just opened applications for its 7th annual Gardens for Good grant contest. Gardens for Good is a $15,000 grant that provides support to visionary organic garden projects that are greening urban environments and bringing healthy, organic food to those who need it most.
June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Gardens for Good: Three $15,000 grants
Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables
Urban Agriculture Center received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
By Malik Russell
Virginia Free Press
According to Duron Chavis, the center’s project director and a VSU graduate, the center combines hydroponics, where vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, and aquaponics, where fish are grown in small tanks, in a way that allows the fish waste to work as fertilizer for the plants, which in turn, filter the water.
“Basically, we’re trying to multiply how much food you can grow (in a small space) by two, three, four or five times, while at the same time conserving water and energy,” Mr. Chavis told the Free Press.
May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables