The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest 14.2 million dollars in 52 urban agriculture and innovative production grants. This investment by the USDA will allow grant recipients to expand access to nutritious foods, increase awareness of climate change, foster community engagement, mitigate the effects within urban areas, and also educate communities about farming.
These grants build on 26.3-million-dollar projects that have been funded since 2020, and they are also part of the USDA’s support for urban agriculture through the Office for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP).
Robert Boonie, undersecretary for farm production and conservation at USDA, said that this grant program already had great impacts for communities across the United States, and they were looking forward to partnering with local organizations to support agriculture in urban areas, and empower local communities to provide healthy and fresh foods.
Robert Boonie added that this grant is part of the USDA’s support for local and regional food systems, underserved communities, and urban agriculture. This grant supports a wide range of agricultural activities through two types of grants, including planning projects and implementation projects. The recipients of the grants include 34 implementation projects and 18 planning projects.
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