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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.
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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
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.
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.
May 18, 2016 Comments Off on Boston’s Mayor Walsh Announces Funding to Support Urban Farming Re-Entry Jobs
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
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.
May 8, 2016 Comments Off on Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day
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
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.
April 12, 2016 Comments Off on Grant titled “Sustainable Growth of Urban Agriculture in Metropolitan Flint”
HyVee is an employee-owned chain of 240 supermarkets located throughout the Midwestern United States in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Click on image for larger file.
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.
Mar 28, 2016
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.
April 4, 2016 Comments Off on Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee, Inc. Gives $164,000 to Fund Community Gardens
Grants for Community Gardens, Greenspaces and Pollinator Habitats
Mar 21, 2016
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.
March 26, 2016 Comments Off on ScottsMiracle-Gro Grants Program Will Fund More Than 100 Projects Nationwide in 2016
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.
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.
March 9, 2016 Comments Off on 30 community gardens to receive cash and tools from Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb
Stewart W. & Wilma C. Hoyt Foundation is giving a $150,000 grant to VINES
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.
January 8, 2016 Comments Off on Binghamton, N.Y. urban agriculture non-profit VINE receives significant grant $150,000 grant
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
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.
December 11, 2015 Comments Off on USDA official sees benefits of urban gardening programs in Memphis
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