Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production News

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Black seeds

In honor of Black History Month, we discussed the meaning and hope inherent in the observance with Black Seeds Farm, a registered USDA People’s Garden and urban farm. Learn about what celebrating Black history means to them here.


Federal Funding Tip: 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.

Federal Advisory Committee

  • On Jan. 31, the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Advisory Committee welcomed four new members and elected Kaben Smallwood, President/CEO of Symbiotic Aquaponic and Qiana Mickie, Executive Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture, as Chair and Co-Chair of the Committee. Learn more about the member bios, meeting minutes and opportunity for public engagement.

USDA Highlights

National Urban Ag Conference


  • Save the date! The first National Urban Agriculture Conference is Aug. 4-6, 2024, at the Huntington Convention Center in Detroit, MI. Join stakeholders from across the country for training, engagement, and education. We want to hear from you -- please let us know what topics and resources interest you by emailing OUAIP@usda.gov with subject: “Urban Ag Conference”.
Compost 2024

People’s Garden Initiative



  • Join the Tri-Faith Initiative, USDA and partners for The Summit to Counter Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Related Forms of Hatred and Bias in Rural America from May 15-16, 2024, at Tri-Faith Commons in Omaha, NE. Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024.
  • Interested in connecting with gardens across the country? Register for the People’s Garden today and join the network of over 1,600 gardens from across the country. In joining, your garden will be highlighted on the People’s Garden website, sent a sign to display, and provided access to networking calls and a platform to share resources with other gardens.

Xerces Society Conservation Spotlight

Bee City


  • This month’s special feature is Xerces Society’s Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA. The affiliate network includes over 375 cities and colleges across 46 states. Each affiliate commits to improving pollinator habitat, reducing pesticides, and conducting pollinator conservation outreach. In return, Xerces provides continuing education, seasonal “promo kits” to help with outreach, free consulting with staff, and more. Read about the network’s inspiring work on the Bee City Blog and follow Bee City and Bee Campus on Facebook and Instagram. To connect, check out the affiliate map and stay tuned for updates in future newsletters. Let the cross-pollination with People’s Gardens begin!

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