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|Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:20 pm Post subject: Grant Opportunity for Community Gardens
|Grant Opportunity for Community Gardens
A new grant program that will strengthen community gardens has been announced by the State. The Community Gardens Capacity Building Grants Program will improve access to fresh local produce, help New Yorkers reduce their food budgets, preserve open space, and provide a cleaner, healthier environment by supporting community gardens throughout New York State.
"Community gardens are an important resource in our urban neighborhoods, providing open space and access to healthy, nutritious food for city dwellers. It is for these reasons I am pleased to announce the first-ever grant program to support community gardens in New York State," said Governor David A. Paterson. "Individually, these gardens may have a modest impact, but taken together they can help to reduce the need to ship agriculture goods thousands of miles across the country. This will help to cut down pollution, food prices and our dependence on oil."
The community garden grants will provide up to $5,000 to existing community gardens and local garden coalitions that serve low-income people in urban areas. The funding is to be used to strengthen local community garden organizations.
A community garden is a public piece of land worked by an organized group of people, and owned either by a local government or nonprofit organizations. They provide green space in urban areas and encourage food production by providing gardeners a place to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. There are an estimated 10,000 community gardens within U.S. cities, with more than 1,000 in New York State alone.
For more information on this grant program and other community gardening programs, please contact the Department of Agriculture and Markets at 718-722-2834 or http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us.