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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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

“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

Excerpt:

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

North Brooklyn Farms’ Kickstarter project

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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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June 20, 2014   Comments Off on North Brooklyn Farms’ Kickstarter project

Urban Farming film is fundraising in order to broadcast on PBS

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‘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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June 9, 2014   Comments Off on Urban Farming film is fundraising in order to broadcast on PBS

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

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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.

www.growing2gether.org.uk
2014

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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April 28, 2014   Comments Off on Britain’s ‘Growing Together’ to unlock money, land and skills for gardeners

Charlottesville, Virginia Builds Community-Funded Greenhouse

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NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the greenhouse

NBC29
March 24, 2014

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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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March 30, 2014   Comments Off on Charlottesville, Virginia Builds Community-Funded Greenhouse

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

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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
RI-NPR
Nov 8, 2013

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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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November 19, 2013   Comments Off on Southside Community Land Trust awarded $255,000 for urban agriculture

Sustainable Financing and Urban Agriculture

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Urban agriculture Magazine No. 26

RUAF
Oct 2013

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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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November 14, 2013   Comments Off on Sustainable Financing and Urban Agriculture

Save Hamtown Farms in Hamtramck Michigan

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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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November 12, 2013   Comments Off on Save Hamtown Farms in Hamtramck Michigan