Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production News

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Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production News



The USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production’s (OUAIP) Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grant applications are due in Grants.gov by March 27, 2023. Proposals can range from increasing food production and access in economically distressed communities, providing job training and education, supporting innovative production, and more.

OUAIP’s Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) funding opportunity is coming soon! Support your community in the effort to reduce food loss and waste. Sign-up for email updates to stay informed of the next application period.

Farm Service Agency’s Farm Storage Facility Loan Program applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are open for operations of all sizes, including urban and small-scale producers. Obtain low-interest financing to help build or upgrade storage facilities and purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. For more information, contact your USDA Service Center.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia offers additional opportunities to address food loss and waste. The opportunity is open in Grants.gov until April 4, 2023.

Urban and innovative producers may be interested in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ongoing  Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program. The program helps communities access low-cost, long-term financing for economic and community development projects, including new grocery stores and other healthy food retail development in local food deserts. Entities interested applying for the program and increasing food access in their communities should contact the HUD Section 108 Program Office at section108@hud.gov

Did you know there are resources available for grant and business writing? Learn more:

Pro tip: maintain an active account on the System for Award Management (SAM) and register on Grants.gov to make the most of current funding opportunities!

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People’s Garden

Join the People’s Garden movement of over 1,200 gardens today by registering at usda.gov/peoples-garden. Interested in learning what other gardens are up to? Check out our featured garden this month.

Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project supports almost 100 community gardens (covering nearly 30 acres of growing space!) and over 500, income-eligible home gardeners within a 7-county region in mid-Michigan. For 40 years, Garden Project has helped gardeners, at any stage and in any circumstance, grow their own food. Garden Project provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds, vegetable transplants and tool lending, so all community members can have access to fresh healthy food through gardening opportunities. Learn more about Garden Project’s work on their website and also by following the Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Highlights from USDA

  • The Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Advisory Committee met on February 23 and the public was invited to submit comments for consideration. Upcoming meetings and opportunities for input are posted on OUAIP’s advisory committee website.
  • Thanks to all that stopped by the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production booth at Ag Outlook 2023! Stay connected and follow us on Twitter @FarmersGov!
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In Case You Missed It

  • Interested in creating a community garden in a vacant area? Check-out the EPA’s Know Before You Grow guide which helps communities identify the steps needed to grow gardens safely. EPA’s technical assistance is also available to identify brownfields and minimize the uncertainties of contamination.
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What We’re Reading

OUAIP staff picks for the month:

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