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Ohio Food bank’s ‘urban farms’ provide fresh produce, job training

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Mike Kelley of Clarfield Farms plants Hungarian hot wax peppers.

At the end of the month, officials plan to award other local, urban gardeners and farmers $140,000, part of a $300,000 grant the food bank received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Rita Price
The Columbus Dispatch
Jul 12, 2017

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The goals at both farms are to transform empty, inner-city land into operations that can supply needy residents with fresh produce and provide opportunities for jobs, training and civic engagement.

“We have, between the two farms, about 10 acres, and we’re farming about 5 right now,” said Jill Jess of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “Last year, we grew about 42,000 pounds of produce.”

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Massachusetts Department of Agricultural has awarded $1.5 million in urban farming grants over five years

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Boston Medical Centre Rooftop Farm.

The “eat local” movement, which has generated new interest in where food comes from, has helped fuel the small, but growing, number of urban farms in the state, Arruda said.

By Gerry Tuoti
The Herald News
Jun 23, 2017

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“It’s great that the at the city and state level they are being supportive of trying to figure out how to make urban agriculture work and thrive,” Stoddard said.

Since it launched its urban agriculture grant program in 2012, the state has awarded funding to projects in cities across the state, including Somerville, Salem, Boston and Worcester. The Department of Agricultural Resources will begin reviewing applications for the next round of grant funding in July.

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June 29, 2017   Comments Off on Massachusetts Department of Agricultural has awarded $1.5 million in urban farming grants over five years

Scotland: Edinburgh City Farm is looking to tackle its debts by offering yoga classes

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On Friday morning, join Karen Nimmo for an 8-week course of morning yoga.

Gorgie City Farm, which has been in the city for 38 years, had been threatened with closure due to rising costs and a large reduction in external funding last year.

Farming UK
May 31, 2017

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Chief executive Josiah Lockhart told the Edinburgh Evening News creating a sustainable business model would allow the farm to be enjoyed for generations to come.
He said: “The appeal was really a way to help bide the farm some time to help put things in place to help it be more sustainable.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: Edinburgh City Farm is looking to tackle its debts by offering yoga classes

US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.

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Ron Finley has many titles: Fashion Designer, The Renegade Gardener, Guerilla Gardener, Gangsta Gardener, Head Trouble Maker but most importantly Revolutionary.

By Douglas Yu
Bakery and Snacks
Apr 6, 2017

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However, he is now facing eviction by city officials unless he can come up with $500,000 to purchase the property. Through his GoFundMe campaign, he has raised $485,000.

Annie’s president John Foraker told BakeryandSnack the company will “spread awareness and make noise” until the required funds are raised.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.

Detroit urban farm receives $100,000 in grants to repurpose blighted home site

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This blighted home in Detroit’s North End neighborhood was razed by Michigan Urban Farming Initiative for $5,000 to make way for a cistern and outdoor community recreation space to be completed this summer.

The city of Detroit spends about $13,000 on average to tear down homes

By Tyler Clifford
Crain’s Detroit Business
Mar 27, 2017

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Minneapolis-based Target Corp. provided the all-volunteer nonprofit a $25,000 grant to convert the roughly 2,300-square-foot property into a cistern using technology produced by Saginaw-based Blue Thumb Inc., MUFI President Tyson Gersh said. France-based Garnier LLC also provided a $25,000 grant, in addition to a $50,000 grant in conjunction with New Jersey-based TerraCycle, to develop outdoor recreational space and supporting infrastructure, he said.

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April 4, 2017   Comments Off on Detroit urban farm receives $100,000 in grants to repurpose blighted home site

UK: Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this spring

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Natalia Jenger, Louisa Winning and friends founded Bottle of Ginger as a way to change the local soft drinks culture, growing ingredients and manufacturing their own drinks. Photograph: Bottle of Ginger

Crowdfunding is certainly becoming an alternative way of getting difficult-to-fund but important projects off the ground.

By Jane Perrone
The Guardian
Mar 24, 2017

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Gardening at Yarl’s Wood (target: £5,000)
What is it? A social and therapeutic gardening project for the women at Yarl’s Wood. The prohect would convert the current uninspiring gardens at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire into places for female immigration detainees to sow, plant, weed and dig.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this spring

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation gives grants to 100 organizations

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GRO1000 Miracle Gro Initiative in San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation today announced more than 100 non-profit organizations nationwide will receive 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants.

By GlobeNewswire
March 20, 2017

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From children’s learning gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to healing gardens, GRO1000 has supported over 830 community-based projects nationwide since 2011. Projects have resulted in more than 10.7 million square feet of greenspace revitalized, more than 266,000 pounds of produce donated annually and more than 65,000 youth positively impacted through hands-on experiences with nature, according to data collected from previous GRO1000 Grassroots Grants recipients.

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March 26, 2017   Comments Off on Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation gives grants to 100 organizations

Eighteen Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community gardens

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The grants awarded this year totalled $27,671

By Stacey Hofmann
Delaware Government
Mar 15, 2017

Dover — Eighteen Delaware urban agriculture and community garden projects are receiving support through a second round of funding designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition.

The partnerships that have developed at the local and state around urban agriculture and community gardening have really helped to transform Delaware communities. The grants awarded this year totaled $27,671.74, with $17,671.74 from Delaware Department of Agriculture. New Castle Conservation District pledged the additional $10,000 match for New Castle County sites.

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March 23, 2017   Comments Off on Eighteen Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community gardens

Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

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A USDA spokesman said the farm will serve as a model for organizations across the country that want to help consumers understand how their food is produced, especially in urban settings.

By Whitney Pipkin
Green Biz
Mar 6, 2017

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After attending the District’s historically Black Howard University, Bradshaw, 35, stumbled into urban agriculture while trying to teach in an after-school program at a public charter school that has since closed. The students would arrive each day with stomachs full of the Teddy Grahams and Kool-Aid the school provided as snacks only to bounce off the walls during his lessons on “character development.” Then, they’d crash.

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March 13, 2017   Comments Off on Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

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Educational aquaponics program for schools

By Jonathan Luckhurst
Sea to Sky Aquaponics
Custom Food Production Systems

Excerpt from fundraising site:

Sea to Sky Aquaponics is in need of funds to expand its educational aquaponics program for schools. Funds will be used to:

(1) develop an aquaponics program that directly applies to the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics curriculums;
(2) design and build a wider variety of aquaponic systems
(3) attend the Amazing Agriculture event at Northlands (Edmonton, May 2017).
Sea to Sky Aquaponics has set a minimum goal of $5000 to achieve these aims.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

Cargill Ltd. has contributed $175,000 to the Saskatoon’s ‘Garden Patch’ since 2013

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“When we first decided to support the Garden Patch, we did so with the idea that we’d be helping grow fresh produce for distribution to the community through the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre,” said Blaine Duncan, manager of Cargill’s malt plant in Biggar, Saskatchewan.

By Stephen Schreiber
Cargill Press Release
Feb 24, 2017

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Vacant city lots have been transformed into a vibrant urban agricultural project. The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s Garden Patch has created a community hub that produces more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, filling emergency food hampers with much-needed product.

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March 1, 2017   Comments Off on Cargill Ltd. has contributed $175,000 to the Saskatoon’s ‘Garden Patch’ since 2013

Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden

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Miller hopes with the new equipment to increase the number of raised beds to 60 this spring.

Southern Arkansas University
Feb 2017

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“With the tractor and mower, we will be able to maintain the grounds and make them a showplace,” said Miller. “I want to get the word out to the community that using these garden beds is a fun thing to do and meet new people, we can help with gardening tips, and it’s free.”

The community garden area also hosts other agriculture educational areas with an orchard, vineyard, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, a garden, and forage and turfgrass plots. The teaching area and raised beds share a compost shed. Miller feels that this is an excellent way for the campus and community to learn about and experience agriculture. He is also excited about the campus and community interaction.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden

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

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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.”

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January 28, 2017   Comments Off on Massachusetts awards $108,266 to five projects in support of the emerging urban agriculture sector

$440K grant awarded to UC Santa Cruz for sustainable urban agriculture practices research

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Dr. Stacy Philpott showed off insect samples.

“Urban agriculture is increasingly important in supplying food for urban residents yet we lack scientific and management information about how to enhance pest control, pollination and water conservation in urban gardens in order to improve food access,” said Philpott.

By James Herrera
Monterey Herald
11/30/16

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“Not only is the Central Coast a leading producer of fresh produce for tables across the nation and abroad, we’re also leaders in agriculture research,” said Farr in a press release. “During my 40-plus years in elected office, I’ve been a champion for increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables and for improving sustainable agriculture practices.”

Across the nation, populations in many urban areas is growing but many residents lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, an increasing number of these residents are growing produce in urban gardens. This research will provide information to improve sustainable practices for urban agriculture including pest control, pollination and water storage.

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December 6, 2016   Comments Off on $440K grant awarded to UC Santa Cruz for sustainable urban agriculture practices research

Delaware: Applications now accepted for second round of urban agriculture and community garden micro-grants

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Feb. 17, 2017 is deadline for groups statewide

Delaware Government
November 23rd, 2016

DOVER — Organizations wanting to launch or expand an urban agriculture or community garden project to benefit their neighborhood can apply for micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee announced today.

“Neighborhood-driven urban farm projects can help strengthen a community, bringing people together from all backgrounds,” Kee said. “These micro-grants can help new gardens sprout and current projects grow. We want to help our friends and families develop a connection to the land and provide nutritious, locally grown foods.”

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December 2, 2016   Comments Off on Delaware: Applications now accepted for second round of urban agriculture and community garden micro-grants