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Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables

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Urban Agriculture Center received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Malik Russell
Virginia Free Press
5/20/2016

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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.

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May 25, 2016   No Comments

Boston’s Mayor Walsh Announces Funding to Support Urban Farming Re-Entry Jobs

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During the program’s first year, 25 participants will be trained in urban agriculture practices and will grow and distribute 5,000 pounds of healthy produce to 1,000 residents through five farmers’ markets in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

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Mayor’s Office
May 11, 2016

BOSTON – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced $100,000 in funding for an innovative urban agriculture re-entry jobs training program. The Urban Farming Pathways Initiative will create approximately 25 green jobs and provide local healthy food for underserved communities.

“In Boston we believe in second chances, and this grant will give young people in our community a unique skill set that will allow them to pursue meaning careers that positively impact our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Walsh.

The Urban Farming Pathways Initiative will be housed on a city-owned parcel in either Dorchester or Roxbury. During the program’s first year, 25 participants will be trained in urban agriculture practices and will grow and distribute 5,000 pounds of healthy produce to 1,000 residents through five farmers’ markets in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Pending a successful first year, the program aims to create a long-term partnership between re-entry workforce development, sustainable urban agriculture and increased food access to jointly address the missions of all partnering organizations.

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May 18, 2016   No Comments

Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

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The team are hoping to raising enough money to install solar panels on the shop roof and need £3,000 to kickstart the process.

By Beth Abbit
Manchester Evening News
May 7, 2016

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A team of gardeners have thrown caution to the wind taking on their horticultural duties in the buff once again.

Staff at Hulme Community Garden Centre caused a stir when they posed in nothing but their birthday suits for World Naked Gardening Day last year.

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May 8, 2016   Comments Off on Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

Grant titled “Sustainable Growth of Urban Agriculture in Metropolitan Flint”

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Since it’s inception in 2009, edible flint has supported Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food in order to reconnect with the land and each other, supporting 826 food gardens in the city.

By Terry McLean
Michigan State University Extension
April 5, 2016

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Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) will help edible flint and other collaborating partners who have identified these concrete steps for mitigating potential risks associated with the use of City of Flint water supply for crop and garden irrigation develop a short-term strategy to focus risk reduction efforts in 2016. MIFFS will also help the group identify mid, and long-term options for transitioning from the initial response to a sustainable recovery program that increases local food production capacity in the Flint region.

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April 12, 2016   Comments Off on Grant titled “Sustainable Growth of Urban Agriculture in Metropolitan Flint”

Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee, Inc. Gives $164,000 to Fund Community Gardens

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One Step Community Garden Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus teaches those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

WandTV
Mar 28, 2016

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With this year’s recipients included, Hy-Vee has awarded more than 580 grants since 2013 with more than $894,000 being donated overall since 2011.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. Some of these products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels and bottled water.

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April 4, 2016   Comments Off on Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee, Inc. Gives $164,000 to Fund Community Gardens

ScottsMiracle-Gro Grants Program Will Fund More Than 100 Projects Nationwide in 2016

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Mayor KasimReed accepting GRO1000 grant from Scotts_MGro for ATL UrbanAG program.

Grants for Community Gardens, Greenspaces and Pollinator Habitats

Press Release
Mar 21, 2016

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More than 100 grants were awarded to civic and non-profit organizations nationwide to develop or improve pollinator habitats, community gardens and greenspaces.

In its sixth year, the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are a part of the company’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe by 2018, which aligns with its 150th anniversary.

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March 26, 2016   Comments Off on ScottsMiracle-Gro Grants Program Will Fund More Than 100 Projects Nationwide in 2016

30 community gardens to receive cash and tools from Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb

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Out of more than 400 applications submitted, 30 recipients were selected to each receive $3,500 in cash and tools to support their own community gardens.

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Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.6 million to more than 180 community groups in the 14 years since the program was started. With the goal of strengthening community ties, growing healthy food and beautifying community gardens across North America, Fiskars is proud to offer grants and tools to support local, hand-grown food sources.

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March 9, 2016   Comments Off on 30 community gardens to receive cash and tools from Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb

Binghamton, N.Y. urban agriculture non-profit VINE receives significant grant $150,000 grant

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Stewart W. & Wilma C. Hoyt Foundation is giving a $150,000 grant to VINES

Binghamton
01/04 2016

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A local non-profit devoted to local food and urban agriculture has received significant support from a local foundation.

The Stewart W. & Wilma C. Hoyt Foundation is giving a $150,000 grant to VINES, which stands for Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments.

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January 8, 2016   Comments Off on Binghamton, N.Y. urban agriculture non-profit VINE receives significant grant $150,000 grant

USDA official sees benefits of urban gardening programs in Memphis

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December 3, 2015 – Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary, listens to 4H students at Treadwell Middle School on Thursday afternoon. While on campus Bartuska visited the Courtyard Garden where members of the school’s Green Thumbs 4H Garden Club have several raised beds with fall and winter crops planted. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal)

“Just to see these kind of successes is really wonderful,” Bartuska said as she finished touring the Treadwell gardens.

By Tom Charlier
The Commercial Appeal
Dec 3, 2015

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In the middle of a community still reeling from the closure of Treadwell High School, Dan DeShon and his middle school students took what he calls a “barren wasteland of grass and weeds” and transformed it into an entrance garden where chrysanthemums, azaleas and daffodils flower.

Then they moved to the courtyard of Treadwell Middle School, sprucing it up and establishing another garden. After that came the raised-bed vegetable gardens, the Kitchen Community Learning Garden and even a “mini-orchard” that grows figs, kiwis, pomegranates, blackberries and blueberries.

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December 11, 2015   Comments Off on USDA official sees benefits of urban gardening programs in Memphis

Urban agriculture projects in Massachusetts receive $330,000 funding

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Haley House, Roxbury – $19,830.

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.

Press release
Mass Gov
Energy and Environmental Affairs
Oct 26, 2015

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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.

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November 4, 2015   Comments Off on Urban agriculture projects in Massachusetts receive $330,000 funding

Target Launches Collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab Explore the Future of Food and Urban Agriculture

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The main shopping floor of CityTarget in Fenway, before its July opening. Photo by David L. Ryan/Globe Staff.

The work will focus on areas such as urban farming, food transparency and authenticity, supply chain and health.

News Release
Corporate Target
Oct 19, 2015

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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.

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October 20, 2015   Comments Off on Target Launches Collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab Explore the Future of Food and Urban Agriculture

Growing Chicago: A flourishing city in a garden

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Tony Davis tends to the plant beds at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune)

How to apply the lessons from Windy City Harvest to other challenges facing this city.

Editorial
Chicago Tribune
Oct 9, 2015

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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.

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October 17, 2015   Comments Off on Growing Chicago: A flourishing city in a garden

With a high tunnel, an urban farm has high hopes

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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

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“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

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

By Nick DeLuca
Boston Inno
10/27/14

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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

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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