Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, recently announced that the $ 500,000 Urban Farming Grants Program is now open to help develop agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts.
The program is designed to improve access to fresh, local foods and provide opportunities for hands-on learning and community development. With improved agricultural infrastructure, urban producers can prioritize access to sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food for their community.
“Access to sufficient, healthy, fresh and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right of all,” says Redding. “With increasing agricultural infrastructure in urban areas, producers can prioritize access to food and the security of their communities, thereby strengthening food sovereignty across the Commonwealth. “
The program will provide grants to improve agricultural infrastructure in urban areas, product aggregation, resource sharing and support for community development efforts. In the first two years of the program, the Wolf administration invested $ 1 million in urban agriculture, which generated an additional $ 1 million in local investments with matching dollars.
In total, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s urban agricultural infrastructure program funded 70 projects in 16 counties.
Two types of grants can be awarded: micro-grants and collaborative grants. Micro-grants of up to $ 2,500 in matching funds can be used for one-off projects or for a single applicant entity.
Collaborative Grants (up to $ 50,000 in matching funds) demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts that share resources, bring together agricultural products or producers, promote the sharing of resources among agricultural entities, and support community development.
The program ends on October 15th. Other Pennsylvania Farm Bill programs accepting applications include the $ 500,000 Farm-to-School Grants Program, the $ 1 Million Farm Vitality Grants Program, and the $ 3 Million Tax Credit Program. million dollars for resource improvement and protection.
For more information, visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.
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