Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production News

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The newsletter is brought to you by the USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production 

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Federal Funding Tip: Interested in applying for future Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production funding or other Federal opportunities? Eligible applicants for Federal grant and cooperative agreement opportunities may require an active Sam.gov and Grants.gov registration to apply. Register in these systems now so you are ready when the opportunities are open.

USDA Highlights

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  • Can I Grow Here? USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) is partnering with the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law and Graduate Schoolto develop resources that help growers understand and work through local policies.
  • USDA is now accepting applications for farm loans online. Learn which loan is right for you using the Farm Loan Assistance Tool.
  • The Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England, in partnership with the USDA, invite veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to Boots to Business Reboot for Veteran Beginning Farmers and Ranchers on Jan. 22, 2024; 10 am – 5 pm EST. Space is limited, please register early.  
  • The Regional Food Business Centers are beginning to operate and several have websites up and running. The centers are in the early stages of planning their programming, technical assistance, and capacity building activities. Their websites offer an overview of their planned work and current partners.
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People’s Garden Initiative

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Area 2 Farms, a People’s Garden located in Arlington, VA is an indoor, organic, soil-based farm. Learn more about their innovative operation and engagement with USDA.

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  • The new Plant Hardiness Zone Map is now available, updating a valuable tool for gardeners and growers to determine which plants are more likely to thrive at a location.
  • On Jan.15, 2024, consider spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering in your community to provide access to fresh, local food. Find a People’s Garden near you. Interested in joining the network? Register your public garden and connect with fellow community gardens from across the country.

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