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Miller hopes with the new equipment to increase the number of raised beds to 60 this spring.
Southern Arkansas University
“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.
February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden
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
January 19, 2017
“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.”
January 28, 2017 Comments Off on Massachusetts awards $108,266 to five projects in support of the emerging urban agriculture sector
“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
“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.
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
Feb. 17, 2017 is deadline for groups statewide
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.”
December 2, 2016 Comments Off on Delaware: Applications now accepted for second round of urban agriculture and community garden micro-grants
Click on image for larger file. Photo from from Fleet Farming, Orlando.
“This grant will help support our continued efforts to transform our urban environment and make our city more liveable and sustainable,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement.
By Brendan O’Connor
October 17, 2016
The City of Orlando, in cooperation with IDEAS For US (Website) has received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers Market Promotion Program. The money will fund three projects in West Orlando and Parramore:
Creating 10-15 “farmlettes” in resident front yards, creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based on the Fleet Farming model
October 26, 2016 Comments Off on West Orlando to benefit from $250,000 USDA grant for urban farming and market
The Mahindra Group, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is a major producer of tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services.
By Marti Benedetti
Crain’s Detroit Business
Oct 12, 2016
The 2016 Mahindra Urban Agriculture Grant recipients and the programs are:
Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Earthworks Urban Farm Agriculture Training Program ($12,500): to support a nine-month program to train urban farmers and food entrepreneurs.
Full Circle Foundation ($7,500): to fund development of the entrepreneurial Friends and Flowers Program for developmentally delayed teens and adults. (2015 grant recipient)
October 22, 2016 Comments Off on Mahindra to give $75,000 to Detroit nonprofit urban farms
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of USDA guaranteed loans for smaller scale farms and urban producers
The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.
By Gary Truitt
Hosier Ag Today
Oct 20, 2016
“Over the past seven years, we have been transforming our loan programs at USDA so that they can be attainable and useful to all kinds and sizes of producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize their operations. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in nearly every county in the country, and we encourage all farmers, including those in urban areas, to stop in and inquire about this program.”
October 21, 2016 Comments Off on The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of USDA guaranteed loans for smaller scale farms and urban producers
The B.C. government is providing funding of up to $25,000 each for 10 communities so they can work directly with their local residents in helping grow their own food.
Investment Agriculture Foundation Of BC
The goal of Grow Local BC is to provide a deeper connection between B.C. food, B.C. communities and the people that live in them. By encouraging British Columbians to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables, they will help strengthen local food supply security.
October 6, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Grow Local’ British Columbia Funding
Farm at the Barn to open summer 2017
Sept 15, 2015
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.
September 23, 2016 Comments Off on Raley’s Supermarket Donates $25,000 for New West Sacramento Urban Farm
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
Sept 7, 2016
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.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Spokane: Grant to build network of experts on urban farms
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
Sept 8, 2016
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.
September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant
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
Sept 1, 2016
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.
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh
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
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.
August 1, 2016 Comments Off on USDA meets with urban farmers in the Bronx
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.
July 21, 2016 Comments Off on Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens
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