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Raley’s Supermarket Donates $25,000 for New West Sacramento Urban Farm

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Based in West Sacramento, Calif., Raley’s operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under the Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source banners.

Farm at the Barn to open summer 2017

Progressive Grocer
Sept 15, 2015

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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.

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September 23, 2016   No Comments

Spokane: Grant to build network of experts on urban farms

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Janice Swagerty walks her goats Missy, Jenna and Lily through her north Spokane backyard, Sept. 1, 2016. Swagerty’s home in on a new urban farm tour. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

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
Spokesman
Sept 7, 2016

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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.

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September 12, 2016   No Comments

Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant

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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
Chicago Tribune
Sept 8, 2016

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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.

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September 9, 2016   Comments Off on Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant

New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s Victoria Park allotments, formerly a council-managed bowling green, has been turned into a leafy crop of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Grower Colin Finlayson and his runner beans.

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
Herald Scotland
Sept 1, 2016

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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.

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September 7, 2016   Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

USDA meets with urban farmers in the Bronx

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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

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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.

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August 1, 2016   Comments Off on USDA meets with urban farmers in the Bronx

Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens

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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
Civil Eats
July 19, 2016

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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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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens

Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects

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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
Delaware Government
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.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects

City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

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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.

News Release
Mayor’s Office
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.

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June 21, 2016   Comments Off on City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

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“Giving back to the community is an important part of what we do,” Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada president Fred Volf

CBC News
June 10, 2016

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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.

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June 17, 2016   Comments Off on Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

Gardens for Good: Three $15,000 grants

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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.

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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

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

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

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