HARRISBURG, Pa. — The recipients of more than half a million in urban agriculture grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture were announced during the Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 10.
The grants, awarded to 20 projects in 10 counties, were made available through the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Program. Applicants were eligible for up to $2,500 in micro grant funds, or up to $50,000 in collaboration grant funds, to assist food processors and growers in urban communities to complete projects such as expanding operations, site design, or planning to create community gardens, implementing aquaponic and hydroponic facilities, cold storage expansion, and more.
Over the past four years, the state has invested more than $2 million in urban agriculture, which leveraged an additional $2 million in matching funds. In total, 113 projects have been funded in 19 counties across the state.
Following are the western Pennsylvania grant recipients, listed by county:
Farm to Table, $20,000
Grow Pittsburgh, $50,000
Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, $26,625
OLDCO LLC, $37,821
Crop and Kettle, $50,000
Butler Area School District, $30,000
Erie County Redevelopment Authority, $50,000
Wild Field Urban Farm, $1,679
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