Thursday, October 1, 2009
The USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program is offering grants to private, non-profit entities to help them establish community food projects. The goal of these grants is to help communities become more self reliant on their local food systems and at the same time address food, nutrition, and farm issues. The grants offered are one time only and require a dollar for dollar match in resources. The grant can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years and grants are awarded in amounts between $10,000 and $300,000 dollars. Check out http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/knowyourfarmer?contentid=kyf_grants_csree1_content.html&navtype=KYF&edeploymentaction=changenav for more information. An example of an established community garden can be found in at HeartWorks in Bayboro, NC. Their garden was developed in 2008 and is located in a 4,000 sq. ft. lot. Children who participate in their after school and summer programs learn how to garden and cook with fresh produce. The garden provides healthy afternoon snacks for them as well! Go to http://heartworksonline.org/community_garden.aspx for more information.