Florida Department of Agriculture Provides $ 500,000 in Seed Capital to Groups Wanting to Establish Urban Farms – Central Florida News

Groups in Central Florida can apply for funding to create community gardens in local food deserts through a new grant program from the Florida Department of Agriculture.

Nonprofits, schools, and governments can apply for grants from the Florida Urban and Community Agriculture Pilot Program to set up community gardens and pantries in food deserts.

Grants are available in amounts of $ 5,000 to $ 50,000 over a two-year period for projects that provide fresh produce to families living in densely populated urban areas.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said community farming helps feed families in innovative and sustainable ways.

In a statement, Fried said these projects “reinforce our commitment to innovation, equity, sustainable agriculture, economic development and tackling the climate crisis by building a clean energy future for all. “.

The Florida Department of Agriculture will be accepting applications for the $ 500,000 grant program until August 31.

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