Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) competitive grants initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access; education; business and start-up costs for new farmers; and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.
Grants are divided into two categories:
Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access; education; business and start-up costs for new farmers; and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.
Implementation Projects accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers. Projects will improve local food access and collaborate with partner organizations and may support infrastructure needs; emerging technologies; educational endeavors; and urban farming policy implementation.
- FAQ: Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program (updated July 19, 2021 on Grants.gov; click on “Related Documents” tab)
- Learn more about Urban Farming Grants and Engagement Opportunities
- October 5, 2021 News Release: USDA Announces Recipients of Urban Agriculture Grants and Cooperative Agreements
- May 17, 2021 News Release: USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction - 2021
This is a complete list of the 2021 urban agricultural grant recipients and their project summaries.
- 2021 Planning Projects
American Farmland Trust New York Growing the Landscape for Urban Farmers in Oneida County, NY American Farmland Trust will leverage and add to existing research and on-the-ground partnerships to examine the state of farmland and pathways to access for new generation urban farmers. The project will assess the potential demand of new and emerging urban farmers seeking farmland, assess the potential supply of farmland from non-operating landowners, and recommend strategies that support local food system development by supporting land access for urban farmers and subsequently avoiding further conversion of farmland away from production. Community Alliance with Family Farmers California Growing Urban Agriculture: A Roadmap to the Future of Urban Ag in CA In partnership with a dozen regional organizations and farmer leaders in six different city centers across California, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers will improve urban agriculture across California by creating opportunities for urban farmers to connect both regionally and statewide, increasing their access to mutual resources, knowledge, and tools as well as create discussion around a collective vision for urban agriculture and barriers farmers face. County of Coconino Arizona Terra BIRDS Summer Expansion Program In collaboration with project partners representing small farms, community gardens, schools, hunger relief centers, and local Native American groups, the County of Coconino will develop, implement, and refine a model for community and culturally connected agriculture education to increase engagement in the local food system and increase food security for resident populations in need. The Refugee Response Ohio Opportunities for Community Urban Land Use Study The Refugee Response will conduct a study to detail how Irish Town Bend will alter the physical landscape of the farm, and examine possibilities for how Ohio City Farm can capitalize on changes to increase farm production and income. Options examined will include an expansion of our event offerings; an orchard; a farmers market for refugee vendors; and setting aside a plot as a community garden. Growing Gardens Oregon Community Greenhouse Feasibility Study- Growing Together, Uniting Our Communities with Living Wage Greenhouse Jobs, Education and Production Growing Gardens will create a feasibility study to identify opportunities to meet community needs for healthy, affordable, culturally-appropriate food through building one or more greenhouses. West Michigan Environmental Action Council Michigan Freedom Farm Collective: Reducing Food Insecurity through Community Engagement in Grand Rapids, MI The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will form the Freedom Farm Collective to provide resources specifically for residents that are prone to food injustice, racial injustice and/or lack adequate access to green space as well as engage these neighbors through experiential education, food access, neighborhood based programming and increasing access to community resources such as growing equipment and agricultural knowledge. The collective will work to inform local urban agriculture policy along with the City of Grand Rapids Urban Agriculture Committee and the National Young Farmers Coalition to reflect a more sustainable and dynamic approach to how municipalities can leverage underutilized assets to positively impact their most vulnerable communities and empower the next generation of growers. Tampa Family Health Centers Florida Urban Community Garden-Food Rx/Planning Project Urban Community Garden-Food Rx will address the underlying issue of food insecurity contributing to chronic health conditions affecting disadvantaged and underserved residents. In partnership with Whitwam Organics and other grass roots efforts, the Tampa Family Health Center Community Garden will build a garden for patients and the community. The Morton Arboretum Illinois Collaborative Planning and Assessment for Community Growth through Urban Agriculture in Waukegan, IL The Morton Arboretum will find ways to strengthen the local food economy through collaborations with key stakeholders to determine specific needs and gauge the feasibility of implementing food forests at various community sites across Waukegan. Fresh Approach California Community-Centered Urban Agriculture Assessment Plan for the City of East Palo Alto, CA This project will develop a comprehensive urban agriculture assessment plan for the city of East Palo Alto. Fresh Approach will evaluate current assets (land access, job training, and business opportunities, innovation, and food access resources) and set goals and priorities for enhancing them by incorporating the knowledge and experience of community-based organizations, as well as the needs and attitudes of local businesses and community members toward urban agriculture and healthy food access. Newburgh Urban Farm and Food New York Developing a Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan for the City of Newburgh, NY Newburgh Urban Farm and Food will bring together representatives from the traditional (government, grant-funded initiatives) and non-traditional (residents, community advocates/groups, churches and temples) sectors of the community to build a sustainable food system that will deliver food security for all residents while generating long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability now and for future generations.
- 2021 Implementation Projects
Engaged Community Offshoots Maryland A New Farmer Incubator for Prince George’s ECO City Farms and its partners seek to facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by over-coming the barriers to entry for new and beginning urban farmers through developing and expanding markets, increasing competition, and making readily-farmable land available to aspiring growers. Teens for Food Justice New York Teens for Food Justice, Rockaway Peninsula Hydroponic Farm Program Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ)’s seeks to encourage and promote broad public support to accelerate the expansion of school-based hydroponic farm programs in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE), local schools and nonprofits, and to improve equitable access to healthy, affordable food across the Rockaway Peninsula, a food desert community. International Rescue Committee California Promoting Leadership, Agriculture, and Newcomer Training (PLANT) Project International Rescue Committee will scale up current school garden capacity with the overarching goal of providing a significant amount of diverse fresh food for distribution and educational activities that will benefit the entire community. Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth Florida Healthy Food Homestead Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth will work to build upon the foundation of the highly successful Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) program at two charter schools in Homestead, Florida to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, decrease intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, and take part in daily activities to increase physical activity. H.O.P.E for Small Farm Sustainability Texas Community Garden Initiative for At-Risk Youth of Texas H.O.P.E for Small Farm Sustainability will collaborate with Mesquite Residential Treatment Center (MTC) to offer sustainable agricultural training and experience to underserved populations. Knox Parks Foundation Connecticut Expanding Food Production through Innovative Urban Agricultural Trainings and Greenhouse Upgrades KNOX Parks Foundation provides underemployed, beginning farmers with land, training, mentoring, and connections to enter careers as farmers in the agricultural industry or start their own farming businesses through our Urban Farming Program. This project will expand participants’ growing space by repairing and upgrading four greenhouses for year-round use and work alongside participants to implement urban farming solutions that maximize the crop yield of smaller spaces Jones Valley Urban Farm Alabama Jones Valley Teaching Farm Good Community Food Jones Valley Urban Farm is expanding its' Good Community Food Program, a new citywide education and training initiative designed to promote the growth of urban growers, community gardens and strengthen the local food system in Birmingham, Alabama. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County California Second Harvest Urban Solutions Farm Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will significantly increase the nutritious produce in the food/nutrition deserts of Orange County and their existing pantry network by building their capacity. The 2,080,000 pounds of produce grown annually at Second Harvest Urban Solutions Farm will be added to their robust sourcing stream, helping to bridge the gap into areas where fresh produce is limited or unavailable. Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona Arizona Urban Food Oasis Opportunity Zone The Urban Food Oasis Opportunity is an agri-landscape project developed by TigerMountain Foundation which will be used as a rejuvenation tool for South Phoenix by creating a robust urban farming industry, healthier residents, and a flourishing economic outlook. Consortium for Hawai'i Ecological Engineering Education Hawaii Māla Kūpono Project The Consortium for Hawai'i Ecological Engineering Education is implementing school/community gardens that will provide K-12 students with fresh food and a learning platform for STEM, agriculture/sustainability, culture, and healthy eating. This project aims to increase students’ academic success and meet their immediate basic health needs, while also re-energizing interest in agriculture/sustainability and its important role in the lives of the Hawaiian community. Grow Ohio Valley West Virginia Big Wheeling Agrarian Center Grow Ohio Valley will utilize the Big Wheeling Agrarian Center (BWAC) as a training and demonstration farm to support new and aspiring urban farmers in innovative farming methods and entrepreneurship tailored to their goals and community needs.
This is a complete list of the 2020 urban agricultural grant recipients and their project summaries.
- 2020 Planning Projects
City of New Haven
The New Haven Urban Agriculture Master Plan - Creating a Blueprint for Equitable Urban Agricultural Growth in New Haven, Conn.
The city’s Food System Policy Division will develop the first New Haven Urban Agriculture Master Plan. The plan will be used to access land and opportunities to increase the production and sale of locally grown foods, build community, improve public health and well-being, and provide economic opportunity, particularly in areas with vacant land and limited food access.
Center for Land-Based Learning
Urban Agriculture Assessment and Recommendations: Connecting Urban Farmers with Broderick/Bryte Community to Improve Community Food Access, Nutrition Education, and Economic Development
The Center for Land-Based Learning will produce a comprehensive urban agriculture assessment of West Sacramento. It will map and document current activities, identify opportunities for growth, and include recommendations to bolster the layers of positive impact urban agriculture has on communities.
Feast Down East
Community Learning Farm Planning Project
The project supports a strategic planning process, including a feasibility study and stakeholder assessment, for the development of a community learning farm. A site development plan that will create community access and opportunities will also be created for the both the physical site and form programming.
- 2020 Implementation Projects
NY Sun Works
Urban Hydroponic Agriculture in NYC Public School Classrooms
NY Sun Works will work with Brooklyn public schools: three elementary, three middle schools, and three high schools. The project will implement a year-round urban farming program, integrate a hands-on urban farming program into school curricula, launch a Harvest program to engage the greater community, and create a hands-on hydroponic farming job training certification program at the high schools.
Association of Africans Living in Vermont
New Farms for New Americans: Improving Lands, Improving Lives
New Farms for New Americans provides garden plots to approximately 70 households on five acres of leased land to support food production and community building for new Americans facing food insecurity and chronic health issues. The project will build upon the existing garden infrastructure to improve local food access, offer a 48-week agriculture program for refugee farmers focusing on food systems and nutrition, and establish a leadership/mentorship program with the Vermont Community Garden Network. Over 250 people of multiple ages, over seven languages and five ethnic groups will be reached.
Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light
Building a Network of Growers to Improve Access to Local Food
Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light will collaborate with partners to improve access to local food, foster a network of urban gardeners and farmers who share resources and knowledge, assist local growers with building infrastructure, expand and improve community gardens to become self-sustainable, educate the community on food systems and the nutritional value of plant-rich diets, share knowledge of environmental benefits of local agricultural production, offer hands-on learning in organic farming, mentor youth and young adults interested in urban agricultural occupations, and engage more people in local food production.
Famicos Foundation works to improve lives in greater Cleveland through neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and integrated social services. The project will reinvigorate the garden at the Michael R. White STEM School using emerging technologies to produce healthy, fresh food for area residents, provide a STEM education opportunity, offer jobs to local youth, and generate income at Famicos’ Gateway 105 Market.
The Greenleaf Foundation
Eastside Hyper-Local Food System Project
Greenleaf Community Farm serves as a hub for connecting and supporting entrepreneurial food projects and closing the food system gap in Atlanta City Council District 5. The project includes a community farm, a payflex farm stand, and a community gathering space to connect and educate residents. It will also expand the Edible Neighborhoods program to provide equitable access to fresh produce, educate residents on edible landscaping, and serve as an entry point into the food system.
Common Ground Producers and Growers
Common Ground Urban Innovation Project
The Common Ground Mobile Market will provide fresh produce to food deserts and food insecure areas in targeted urban zip codes in Wichita and Sedgwick Counties. The project will facilitate entrepreneurial projects through job training, use of farm equipment and land, mentoring and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers. The mobile market will partner with the K-State Extension Growing Growers program, which provides an apprentice to help with the market and offer training in farming and gardening.
Parkside Business & Community in Partnership
The Camden Urban Agriculture Leadership Pipeline Project
The project will build a “pipeline” of programs that guide residents of the low-income, low food-access City of Camden on a pathway from resident, to gardener, to farmer, and eventually to community urban agriculture leader. The project will facilitate entrepreneurial projects by offering apprenticeships that will provide job training, equipment, business skills, leadership training, and mentoring; educate the community garden hubs using an existing network of nonprofit-run gardens and farms; and assist food producers and community organizations with policies that enable urban agriculture to thrive.