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.
In 2022, USDA is investing $14.2 million in new UAIP grants, and USDA is accepting proposals from June 3, 2022 through Aug. 2, 2022. Learn more or apply through this funding opportunity. For additional information, view our webinar or email UrbanAgriculture@usda.gov.
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- Learn more about Urban Farming Grants and Engagement Opportunities
- June 3, 2022 News Release: USDA Advances Food System Transformation with $43 Million for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production, Adds New Urban County Committees
- 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
- 2021 Backlog Planning Projects
Project Type Organization Name Project Title State Project Summary Planning Project Adelante Mujeres Washington County’s Regenerative Farm Build Out OR: Oregon Adelante Mujeres's project will encourage and promote urban agricultural practices with an eye towards racial equity. The goal is to directly impact the growth of the local food system in Washington County, Oregon by strengthening its urban regenerative agricultural practices and build a strategic and sustainable plan to continue its education and distribution opportunities to farmers. Planning Project Brass City Harvest, Inc. Hydroponic Farm and Greenhouse Planning Project CT: Connecticut Brass City Harvest will address food insecurity, vocational training, and economic development in Waterbury, Connecticut's South End Neighborhood by designing and siting a greenhouse for hydroponic vine crops and creating a school-based curriculum to promote apprenticeship opportunities for students. Planning Project City of Boston City of Boston Urban Food Production Planning Grant MA: Massachusetts The City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (“DND”) will develop a municipal strategy for four key Boston neighborhoods with high rates of food insecurity. The plan will position the City to expand local food production in these areas. It will be developed with in-depth guidance from community stakeholders and in close consultation with producers and other municipal agencies. Planning Project City of Flagstaff Assessing and Growing a Sustainable Community Food System Project AZ: Arizona The City of Flagstaff will develop a Food Action Plan to guide City policy, programming, and investment in the local food system and urban agriculture opportunities. Planning Project City of Tempe Grow Local Tempe: Policies and Roadmaps to Expand UA for a Healthier and Happier Tempe AZ: Arizona The purpose of this project is to develop a framework in the City of Tempe to connect vulnerable residents to the benefits of urban agriculture, which include increased economic opportunity, nutrition, food security, and well- being. The grant will allow for a development of a holistic approach to city planning and professional development for urban agriculture. Planning Project County of Durham Feasibility study of Durham County Farm Campus NC: North Carolina Durham County aims to support a more resilient food system that systemically addresses the root causes of food insecurity by launching the next generation of farmers through increased access to land, infrastructure, and markets for new and beginning farmers, and fostering racial equity and development of generational wealth by centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) priorities in design and development. Planning Project Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency Mariposa County Community Gardens CA: California The Mariposa County Community Gardens planning project will examine the correlation between poverty, low-income, and low-access food areas within the community and develop solutions to meet the needs through the planning of a community garden. Planning Project County of Mecklenburg Amay James Urban Agriculture Park NC: North Carolina The Amay James Urban Agriculture Park Planning Project will strive to address significant issues plaguing areas of Mecklenburg County, such as food deserts, socio-economic disparities, physical inactivity and the linked growing number of health-related issues. The planning project would master plan and urban agriculture park within Amay James Park for the primary benefit of surrounding area located within a food desert and experiencing significant poverty. Planning Project Farmers Market of The Ozarks Noble Hill Community Supported Hydroponic Greenhouse MO: Missouri Noble Hill will promote local agriculture, and supply consumers, institutions, food desert residents and school lunch programs with fresh healthy produce. The recipient will work with community partners to demonstrate the benefits of local agriculture through innovation, business planning, economic development, municipal planning, training programs and internships. Planning Project Foodlink, Inc. A Master Plan: Cultivating Community & Innovation at the Foodlink Community Farm Campus NY: New York The goal of this project is to evaluate and redesign commercial and community growing spaces at Foodlink Community Farm to maximize community engagement, food production, and innovation. Planning Project Green Beverly 107Q, Inc. North Shore Farm and Food Coalition to Promote Food Security and Careers in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture MA: Massachusetts The overall goal of this North Shore Farm and Food Coalition (NSFFC) Planning Grant is to build collaboration among North Shore food, farming, educational and municipal partners to create a regional North Shore Urban Agriculture Plan (NSUAP) that expands the beginning farmer pipeline, identifies urban agriculture training and business development opportunities, expands food production capacity in and around urban areas, and increases local food security on the North Shore. Planning Project Local First Arizona Foundation Growing Urban Ag in Maricopa County AZ: Arizona Local First Arizona Foundation will prepare a Growing Urban Ag in Maricopa County Toolkit that sets forth a framework and model language for urban food and farming-related land use policies that municipalities can tailor to their context and needs. Planning Project Texas Coalition of Rural Landowners Planning Proposal to establish an Equipment Sharing Cooperative for Small-Scale Vegetable Growers Servicing Low Food Access Markets in Harris County, Texas TX: Texas This project will fund a feasibility study and development of a business plan to establish and Equipment Sharing Cooperative among urban farmer who are committed to suppling fresh vegetables to low food access areas in Harris County Texas. Planning Project The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust The Bensley Agrihood Collaborative Planning Project VA: Virginia The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is to utilize this project as an educational and mentorship opportunity for the girls and young women of Girls For A Change. The planning process will be an opportunity for them to build capacity in every phase of the work, through mentorships with the various participating organizations, as well as active leadership in the planning team. They will build skills in community engagement, site planning, environmental design, and market analysis. Planning Project The Well, Inc. WellFed Community: A culture-centered approach to incorporating food sovereignty in food security solutions FL: Florida This project will develop a Community-Based Food Sovereignty Assessment and collaborate with the community to assess and address target areas based on food sovereignty ideals and practices; investigate the gaps in urban agriculture informed by the community; and create a strategic plan for successful sustainable implementation that increases community engagement.
- 2021 Backlog Implementation Projects
Project Type Organization Name Project Title State Project Summary Implementation Project Agricademy Inc. Agriplorers: An Urban Agriculture Program for Socially Disadvantaged Youth in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Area OH: Ohio Agricademy will provide resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing locally, developing a local food system in their communities, consuming nutritious food, and exposing students to careers and other opportunities in the agriculture industry. The primary goal of this project is to educate and mentor students about the agriculture industry to persuade them to pursue a career in the field. Implementation Project Allen Neighborhood Center Hunter Park GardenHouse: Urban Community Farm Education And Production Innovation Hub MI: Michigan Allen Neighborhood Center will provide public exposure to urban agriculture and innovative production strategies through multi-faceted demonstration farm in well-trafficked public park. The project will provide increased food sovereignty through community training and resources. Implementation Project Alpha Omega Veterans Services Proposed partnership to replicate AOVS Urban Farm's success on Memphis Tilth St. John Garden TN: Tennessee Alpha-Omega Veterans Services Urban Farm, a two-acre urban farm in South Memphis, will expand its original partnership with Memphis Tilth to increase food production for distribution in multiple food insecure neighborhoods in Memphis. Implementation Project Americana Community Center Louisville Urban Agriculture Coalition: Leveraging Technology to Develop and Distribute Culturally Responsive Educational Content and Expanding Farmland Access for Urban Producers. KY: Kentucky Americana Community Center will increase education and outreach opportunities by ensuring agriculture resources for urban production are available to all growers, in an equitable way throughout the city. The project will also increase production of food crops within Louisville Metro at community gardens, urban farms, and backyard gardens. Implementation Project AsianWeek Foundation The Bayview Food Sovereignty Supply Chain Project of the Florence Fang Community Farm will form collaborative partnerships, educate the community, and address severe food insecurity. CA: California The Bayview Food Sovereignty Supply Chain Project (BV-FS-SCP) of the Florence Fang Community Farm (FFCF) will form collaborative partnerships, educate the community, and address severe food insecurity issues through the development of a transformative community food system to grow and distribute locally grown produce in the Bayview/Hunters Point (BVHP) district of San Francisco, the city’s most underserved neighborhood and a USDA certified food desert. Implementation Project Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. Sowing Health Through Micro-Gardening in Albuquerque’s Urban Communities NM: New Mexico The Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. will provide hands-on training on regenerative gardening methods to build the capacity of participants to garden in a manner that uses minimal inputs, conserves resources and money, and helps to increase consumption of healthy produce. Implementation Project Central Iowa Shelter & Services From Storm Drains to Fertile Soil: Boosting Urban Food Security and Access While Helping Individuals Experiencing Homelessness by Turning Unused Drainage Space into Food Production Ground IA: Iowa This project seeks to increase food production by developing floating garden beds in once unusable water retention basin. Specifically targeting food insecurity in Des Moines for those experiencing homelessness by providing access to free and affordable healthy food as well as providing development of entrepreneurial skills and job training for those experiencing joblessness. Implementation Project Chrysalis Center, Inc. Chrysalis Center Urban Roots Gardening Program CT: Connecticut The Chrysalis Center will expand agricultural production at their Urban Roots Hydroponics Grow Center and food forest. They will also educate the community on nutrition, agricultural production and provide hands-on training in gardening. Implementation Project City Green, Inc. New Ground Initiative in Passaic County, NJ NJ: New Jersey The New Ground Initiative will fully implement Regenerative Farming practices at the City Green Farm-Eco Center in Clifton, NJ, provide garden training on practices at community-based gardens across Passaic County, NJ, and deepen its agriculture commitment by launching a certificate-bearing Farm School for emerging farmers and urban gardeners statewide. Implementation Project City of Indianapolis Indy Urban Food Connect -The creation of an equitable and accessible food distribution system. IN: Indiana The Indy Urban Food Connect initiative would create a streamlined aggregation and distribution system for growers. The primary goal of this project is to establish infrastructure supporting an Indianapolis regional food hub. Implementation Project City of Pine Bluff Arkansas City of Pine Bluff Seed to Table Community Garden AR: Arkansas The Seed to Table project will assist residents in learning how to increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces using emerging technology, will expand the current capacity of the local community garden to help educate the community on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts and agricultural production offering hands-on training in farming and gardening and will provide schools with resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing and consuming nutritious food. Implementation Project City of Tampa City of Tampa's Growing our Community Gardens and Education Initiative FL: Florida The purpose of this project is to create a network of community gardens and urban farms along with associated garden markets to aggregate and sell fresh produce, provide a free pantry. At the same time, educational programs will continue to empower residents to grow their nutritious produce. Implementation Project City Sprouts Inc. City Sprouts Community Farm: Urban Revitalization through Farming and Food NE: Nebraska City Sprouts Community Farm will address community needs by ensuring all members have equitable and adequate access to nutritious food. The food will be produced and distributed in ways that create a sustainable system that values workers, consumers, and the land. In addition, community members will develop knowledge and skills to grow, select, and prepare nutritious food to maximize resources through extensive educational opportunities for people of all ages. Implementation Project The Clara White Mission, Inc. White Harvest Farms, Equity in Opportunities: Eliminating Food Deserts in Northwest Jacksonville FL: Florida The primary goal of this project is to increase the production of healthy fruits and vegetables, improve food access in this food desert community, and provide training and educational programming to the local residents on beginning and maintaining their own gardens for food production. Implementation Project Columbia Center For Urban Agriculture Training Beginning and Minority Farmers at Columbia’s Agriculture Park MO: Missouri Through growing fresh local produce in Columbia's Agriculture Park, this project aims to empower the next generation of diverse urban farmers while also reducing community food insecurity and health disparities. This project establishes an apprenticeship program at the Park for new and beginning farmer entrepreneurs by providing job training, mentoring, and business development assistance. Implementation Project Communities For Better Health Acres Homes: Sowing Seeds Community Agriculture Hub TX: Texas The purpose of the project is to provide equitable access to fresh produce in the City of Houston, Texas. The Acres Homes Sowing Seeds Agricultural Hub, located at the Bethune Empowerment Center, will be utilized as a centralized agricultural hub that will link and support farm and garden projects in the Acres Homes Community to close the food system gap, and address food insecurity, and offer capacity building to agricultural focused nonprofit organizations. Implementation Project Community Crops Rebuilding Lincoln’s Local Foodshed for Community Resilience NE: Nebraska The project will improve and expand the number of community gardens and farms in this Lincoln, Nebraska and increase the integration of other innovations in agricultural production such as agroforestry and food forests, all while providing necessary educational opportunities for urban growers to help them be successful in these spaces. Implementation Project Community Development Corporation of Oregon Capacity Building for BIPOC, Immigrant and Refugee Farmers in the Portland Metro Area OR: Oregon The Community Development Corporation Of Oregon will provide farm mentoring, business training, development of successful entrepreneurial projects, and distribution of healthy, fresh, and culturally appropriate food in low income and low food access areas which will serve immigrant and refugee communities in the Portland Metro area. Implementation Project Corporacion Juvenil Para el Desarrollo de Comunidades Sosten The Cañaboncito Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Program PR: Puerto Rico The Cañaboncito Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Program will address the limited access to fresh and nutritious foods in the suburbs of Cañaboncito, Puerto Rico. The program will benefit socioeconomic disadvantaged new and beginning farmers, community members, students, and entrepreneurial producers from low-income communities by learning how to build viable and sustainable enterprises through educational training and technical support workshops, agritourism educational events, and hands-on training. Implementation Project Harris County, Texas Harris County Precinct 4 Farm & Ranch Park Project TX: Texas The Harris County Precinct 4 Farm & Ranch Park Project will focus on low-income residents and veterans in the Tomball City and Spring City areas of Texas which constitute food deserts. The project will provide fresh produce grown on the Farm and Ranch Park to low-income residents and veterans, teach the target audience to grow their own produce, and teach the target audience better nutritional practices. Implementation Project Kane County The Kane County Food and Agriculture Accelerator will support the growth of urban farms and agriculture technology companies, while improving local food access in Low-Income and Low-Access areas. IL: Illinois Kane County will facilitate a robust and diverse ecosystem of local food production that encourages alternative farming models and technologies, and provides resources to growers and sellers that allow them to flourish despite the development pressure faced in the County. Implementation Project Cultivate Kansas City, Inc. Building Urban Agriculture Community and Capacity in Kansas City’s Urban Core MO: Missouri Cultivate Kansas City will improve the viability and safety of the urban farmers serving the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri while also increasing access to local food for all residents in the target area regardless of socio-economic status. They will serve as a resource to the community by building farm infrastructure that is accessible to nearby farms. In addition they will provide local growers programming, access to distribution channels and access to a meeting and gathering space. Implementation Project EarthDance Increasing Participation at an Organic Farm School in Ferguson, MO MO: Missouri The project will combine community outreach with hands-on education and research to promote sustainable urban agriculture methods and increase access to locally grown produce. Implementation Project Fertile Ground Environmental Institute Viveros Educational Farm OR: Oregon Viveros Educational Farm has a goal of increasing healthy food access in the diverse communities of East Palo Alto, through a diverse set of programs including aquaponic farming, donations of food, paid youth internships, and a volunteer-run, bike-powered fruit gleaning program. Implementation Project Five Keys Schools and Program Ecological Agriculture Training (EAT) Cultural Center Develops Intensive, Small-Scale Urban Agriculture Businesses with Non-Traditional Farmers, Preserving Land & Increasing Food Access CA: California Five Keys Schools and Programs will accelerate an emerging model of urban agriculture practices that serves multiple farmers and improves access to local food. Implementation Project Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Black Farmers Unite to Eliminate Urban Food Desert IN: Indiana Flanner House of Indianapolis has the goal of providing programs that will introduce Agriculture and Healthy Eating to K-12 students, youth 16-24 years and adults in socially disadvantaged communities. Expand supply and demand for healthy locally grown food by leveraging new technologies and linking rural farms to our urban food hub. Implementation Project Foodchain, Inc. Bluegrass Urban Farm Friends: Get BUFF! KY: Kentucky This project will combine aquaponics and traditional outdoor gardening to provide year round urban agriculture education, get more youth managing and designing their own growing spaces and provide educators with urban agriculture training to support curriculum. Implementation Project Franklinton Gardens Columbus Community Grower Innovation Network OH: Ohio This project will support hiring a shared volunteer coordinator and apprenticeship coordinator for it network of Community Gardens to advance their farm infrastructure, increase production, increase urban agriculture workforce and increase community engagement. The network will share farm implements, majors assets, pool volunteer resources and host paid apprentices. Implementation Project Frazier Revitalization, Inc. Implementation of an Innovative Apprentice Urban Farmer Training Program in Conjunction with an Existing Urban Community Production Farm, Developing a Agricultural HUB TX: Texas This agreement will make a significant difference to the economic and nutritional health of the local South Dallas community as the catalyst that permits a fundamental paradigm shift, from receiving aid from external third parties engaging in philanthropic gardening to the local development of a thriving and economically feasible local urban Agri-business run by local professional farmers. Implementation Project Golden Triangle RC&D Entrepreneurial Small Business Development and Training Assistance for New and Beginning Urban Farmers Using Innovative Growing Options GA: Georgia Golden Triangle RC&D (Recipient) will increase food production and facilitate entrepreneurial business development assistance for new and beginning farmers to provide resources, mentorship, marketing, training, innovative urban practices for vertical tower and hydroponic growing systems along with Farm to Table demonstrations. Implementation Project Grow Dat Youth Farm Grow Dat Youth Farm: Mobile Food Access Expansion Project LA: Louisiana This is a Mobile Food Access Expansion Project that will respond to the unhealthy relationship to local food systems experiences by young adults in New Orleans by expanding access to affordable, culturally relevant, nutrient-rich foods; facilitating access to land so communities can grow their own foods; and promoting community control of local food systems. Implementation Project Grow It Forward Inc. Grow It Forward Community Food Center's Grow It More Project WI: Wisconsin The Grow It More project will increase food production and improve access to local healthy food, establish an urban agriculture training program that provides education and hands-on training, and expand the capacity of the existing hydroponic farm, community garden and greenhouse, and recently donated 4.5 acre uncultivated land to ensure self-sustainability. Implementation Project Growing Places Indy Grow Getters: Next-Gen Urban Farmer Training Program IN: Indiana This Implementation Project entitled Grow Getters: Next-Gen Urban Farmer Training Program will help accelerate the existing program, which currently serves 100 farmers and gardeners annually. It will not only facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by offering needed resources such as job training, land access, equipment, mentoring, and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers; it will also expose the program participants to emerging agriculture technologies including hydroponics. Implementation Project HABESHA, Inc. HABESHA Urban Agriculture Network GA: Georgia This project seeks to leverage the Urban Agriculture Network to develop a coordinated effort to galvanize these sites and strengthen their capacity by improving infrastructure and broadening support within the network to coordinate and plan the distribution of food cooperatively. Implementation Project Mercy Corps Proyecto de Agricultura Urbana Participativa (AGRUPAR) OR: Oregon This project will address the root causes of food insecurity and related health inequities while providing immediate food access to marginalized urban communities through the provision of technical knowledge, material support, and increased social cohesion. The urban farming concept within this program is not intended to generate income as its initial objective; it aims to provide the community with a supplementary source of food, especially vegetables and herbs, increase consumption of nutritious vegetables, and increase the supply of vegetables for urban neighborhoods, and reduce the dependence on imports. Implementation Project Milwaukee Board of School Directors Grown in Milwaukee, For Milwaukee WI: Wisconsin The Grown in Milwaukee project will include and connect students, families, staff, and community surrounding eight MPS schools. All schools involved in the project will be using self-contained vertical hydroponic systems to provide educational opportunities and produce fresh local food. Implementation Project MoKa Urban Agriculture Initiative Urban agricultural expansion via community gardens and nonprofit farms to educate a community on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts, and sustainable agriculture MO: Missouri This project aims to increase access to local food and provide culturally relevant options that also create economic opportunities for urban farmers. By inviting Keep Growing Detroit's network of urban farmers to learn about urban agroforestry and the production of fruit and nut crops, this project is designed to reduce food insecurity, improve health and environmental outcomes, and establish outdoor spaces for fruit and nut crop production Implementation Project Native American Community Academy Foundation Sustainable Indigenous Agriculture for Urban Youth NM: New Mexico This project will work with 450 students over three year and their families to increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces, with an emphasis on improving access to locally produced fresh, healthy foods and increasing local production outside of these two community garden settings, by promoting at-home urban gardening. This three-year program at NACA will integrate emerging technologies, such as hydroponics, to produce food; utilize water catchment barrels to preserve precious freely available resources for gardening; and reduce waste through a comprehensive school composting program to enhance nutrients in the soil of gardens (when and where soil is used). Implementation Project New York Restoration Project Urban Grower-to-Grower Knowledge Exchange & Training NY: New York This project will provide training to experienced gardeners to teach and share their knowledge; hosting a 6 week series that teaches novice gardeners fundamental urban farming techniques; and supporting urban growers through workshops and other forms of technical assistance. Each activity strengthens community among urban growers while training individuals to be urban growing mentors. Implementation Project Nixa Public Schools Future of Growing for Improved Food Access in Southwest Missouri MO: Missouri This project will provide for an expansive aeroponics tower farm consisting of 125 11-ft. towers, outdoor raised beds, and outdoor classroom, and native plant area. The tower farm will enable university students to learn about this innovative farming process, and supply the nearby food pantry with fresh produce to increase food access and improve nutrition for residents in Southwest Missouri. Implementation Project Out of the Garden Project Scaling up the Urban Teaching Farm: Expanding Production Through Season Extension, Tiered Internships, and Mobile Distribution. NC: North Carolina The primary goals of the Out of the Garden project are to increase access to healthy and affordable food and promote educational opportunities in low-access and low-income areas of Greensboro, North Carolina Implementation Project Peacehaven Farm, Inc. Peacehaven Farm, Communities Growing Together Implementation Project NC: North Carolina Peacehaven Farm will expand vocational training to equip participants with the skills they need to overcome employment challenges they face as adults with disabilities and improve food access by increasing production using hydroponic technology. Implementation Project Phillips Programs SpringForward™: Use of Urban Indoor Agriculture to create a sustainable employment model and deliver fresh foods to Healthy Food Priority Areas in Baltimore City, MD VA: Virginia PHILLIPS Programs will create an innovative workforce development solution called SpringForward™. SpringForward™ will be a self-sustaining greenhouse operation whose mission is to pioneer a replicable employment and business model that enable young adults to find and keep high quality jobs with fair pay, an ownership stake, and a voice in business decisions. Implementation Project Region Five Development Commission ACRE Day: AgriCulture Rural Exploration Day MN: Minnesota This project will incite innovation in agriculture, provide agricultural internships, increase access to local food, and expand marker access and therefore economic livelihood for small farmers. R5DC will work with regional public schools located in food deserts including multiple middle and high schools, to expand access to local food, educate communities about farming, and foster community engagement. Implementation Project Rural South Institute Huntsville-Madison Urban Gardens Education Network AL: Alabama Rural South Institute will empower urban youths and low income/limited access households and help them choose healthier food options, operate their own gardens, and become skilled agricultural entrepreneurs. Implementation Project South Side Farms Southside Farm Aquaculture Project MO: Missouri South Side Farms will improve food access for those in South Cape Girardeau, a Federally-designated food desert, by creating a self-sustaining aquaculture program. Implementation Project School District of The City Of Erie Building Erie's Agri-Culinary Pathway PA: Pennsylvania This project will expand Erie School District's Farm to School program and accelerate the food sovereignty work of Groundwork Erie. Implementation Project Soil Born Farm Urban Agriculture Project Edible City Initiative: Activating Sacramento’s Urban Food Production CA: California This project is aimed squarely at activating a massive grassroots movement of urban agriculturalists who collectively will help create a local food system that is productive, inclusive, educational and equitable. This will be accomplished by providing educational training, hands on training and access to tools and supplies for home, community, school gardens and small farm growers. Implementation Project South End Neighborhood Group Inc. Food Everyone Desire (FED) AR: Arkansas This project will install a high tunnel that will be utilized to grow fresh vegetables and fruit year round as well as create learning opportunities for low income residents, senior citizens, school aged children and the surrounding community on how to grow and prepare the fresh foods. Implementation Project Texas Health Research and Education Institute Texas Health Towers to Tables Expansion Program TX: Texas The Towers to Tables Expansion program will improve access to local food by increasing fresh food production and distribution at two garden locations with the city, expanding nutrition and food systems education to Bridgetown students and the larger community, and providing hands-on training in emerging agriculture techniques. Implementation Project The Farm School at Gibbs Road Inc. Growing Common Ground: Land and Resources for Public Education, Urban Agritourism, Community Empowerment and Food Security KS: Kansas This project will develop Common Ground, an 11 acre urban farm, into a land access source including the development of a community urban farm, increased food production, resource sharing through stakeholder involvement, and mentorship opportunities and to engage community members in public agricultural education opportunities including place-making agritourism, hands-on training, youth STEAM education and community roundtables in order to educate a community on food systems, nutrition, sustainability, urban agroforestry, food forests, and food production. Implementation Project The Friends of Atlanta Urban FFBMCC The Friends of Atlanta Urban Food Forest Extension Program GA: Georgia This project will leverage agriculture, food production, and nutrition to improve health, safety, job opportunities, and sustainability of the community, helping to eliminate hunger and empower families to become self sufficient withing the community. Through this project 10 gardens and 3aquaponic stations will be added, producing approximately 1400 pounds of food in the 2 year period. Implementation Project The Giving Grove Little Orchards, Big Impact: Growing an Urban Orcharding Network in Detroit MO: Missouri This project will provide education, training, access to plant material and support for urban fruit and nut tree production in Detroit, Michigan. Ultimately, this project seeks to increase access to local food, reduce food insecurity, support food sovereignty, and create employment opportunities for Detroit residents. Implementation Project Trellis for Tomorrow Our Food, Our Future: Closed Loop Food Systems for Pottstown and Phoenixville, PA. PA: Pennsylvania This project will explain on existing successful efforts of the recipient and it's partners to improve food justice and food system sustainability by developing closed loop food systems in two urban clusters with high percentages of people facing food insecurity and inadequate access to healthy food. The goal is to improve access to fresh, chemical-free, nutrient dense produce for residents living in these urban areas by creating a foundation for more sustainable and equitable food system. Implementation Project U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants/Erie Field Office Flagship Farms Fusion Growers PA: Pennsylvania This project will address the needs and common barriers faced by refugee and immigrant farmers face with an interest in growing familiar foods not found in standard grocery stores. A parking lot will be transformed into a teaching garden. The project will provide education and innovative growing resources in a unique urban teaching garden, enabling participants to enhance their food security, health, and income. Implementation Project Upstate Circle of Friends Upstate Circle of Friends Minority Urban Farmer Education Center SC: South Carolina This project will develop the UCF Minority Urban Farmer Education Center as a teaching center involving youth and local residents to increase access to affordable healthy food for low income minority families in need. Increase awareness of the benefits of consuming healthy and nutritious food choices through urban agriculture education cooking events. Provide on-farm education and workforce development, community and home garden workshops. Implementation Project Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, Inc. VCPA's Garden & Compost Site Renovation NY: New York This project will renovate a garden and compost site to increase the amount of growing space, increase production and donate more produce. The garden will have ADA accessible garden beds, flexible outdoor classroom/meeting space, and make the site more visible and welcoming to the community. Implementation Project Western Reserve Land Conservancy Woodhill Community Garden - Expanding Community Garden Accessibility in Cleveland's Buckeye-Woodhill Neighborhood OH: Ohio The Western Reserve Land Conservancy project will improve the accessibility and functionality of the Woodhill Community Garden through installation of several new features including raised beds, ADA accessible walkway, compost bin and irrigation systems, as well the purchase of communal gardening tools. The site will also include a plaza for educational demonstrations and community gatherings within the garden. Implementation Project YWCA Metropolitan Chicago YWCA Metropolitan Chicago: Y Women Grow Hydroponics Urban Farm IL: Illinois This project will enable urban farm production and student workshops to operate year-round; increases access to affordable, fresh produce in Woodlawn; and increase knowledge about nutrition and making healthy food choices. This accomplished by purchasing a 500 sq. ft. shipping container that has been converted into a smart hydroponics farming unit.
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.