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Shapiro Administration Tours Pittsburgh Urban Farm to Announce $736,000 Investment in 26 Projects to Improve Infrastructure, Create Economic Opportunities in PA Cities

11/01/2023

Allegheny, Beaver, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Indiana, Lancaster, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York county projects funded

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured Out of the End, a Pittsburgh-based urban farm, to announce $736,145 in grants to support projects that will increase capacity to produce fresh food and create economic opportunity in urban Pennsylvania neighborhoods. Funding through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program and a $200,000 donation from The GIANT Company will support 26 projects in 11 counties across the state.

"Feeding health and economic prosperity in our cities feeds us all," Secretary Redding said. "Urban neighborhoods are vital to Pennsylvania's future. The Shapiro Administration is committed to investing in strengthening local economies, promoting food security, and reducing effects of climate change to improve quality of life and health in urban communities. Building partnerships with local organizations made of innovative problem solvers like Out of the End, and the resources and corporate generosity of companies like The GIANT Company, magnifies the impact of state investments."  

Funded projects enable expansion or purchases of agricultural infrastructure such as greenhouses, hydroponic equipment, cold storage, and tools needed to expand the reach and impact of organizations that feed economic, community, and personal growth through agriculture.

Out of the End received $46,750 to construct a greenhouse to extend the growing season for their produce, install irrigation, and add storage to expand their capacity.

"Agriculture is essential to the work we do at The GIANT Company. We couldn't do what we do – feed families – without it, and that's why we're committed to investing in urban agriculture efforts such as the 2023-24 Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program," said The GIANT Company Sr. Vice President Dave Lessard. "We congratulate all of the grantees and look forward to seeing these projects advance, contributing to resilient, food secure communities and healthier communities for generations to come."

Pennsylvania has invested more than $2.7 million in urban agriculture through the program since 2019. In total, 139 projects in 19 counties across the state are expanding fresh food access in locations often served by a single convenience store.

The program funds microgrants of $2,500 in matching funds for one-time projects or a single entity, as well as collaboration grants. Collaboration grants provide up to $50,000 in matching funds for cooperative or regional efforts to share resources, support community development, and combining products of small farmers, building collective power of to supply fresh food in underserved neighborhoods.

Eligibility to be considered urban was determined by criteria from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Funded projects, by county, include:

Allegheny

Out of the End, Incorporated, $46,750 – high tunnel green house, irrigation system, and additional storage

Bible Center Church – The Oasis Project, $22,610 – raised beds, fencing, irrigation systems, tools, the rainwater harvesting equipment, supplies, and signs

Beaver 

Riverwise, $49,000 – planning and design for a community food hub

Chester

Phoenixville Area Community Services, Inc., $2,125 hydroponic growing systems

Trellis for Tomorrow, $2,500 – purchase materials needed to create and build a walk-in cold storage facility and herb wall

Dauphin

Empower the Bridge Foundation, $49,713 soil health and remediation supplies

Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority, $39,500– educational and community gardens, raised beds, plants, refrigeration, and equipment

Delaware

Chester Housing Initiatives, $50,000 – installation of greenhouse and design of urban rooftop garden

Indiana

Indiana County Conservation District, $33,788 – seed propagation, greenhouse ventilation, high tunnel, irrigation, compost bin, and tools

Lancaster

Discerning Eye Community Agriculture, $50,000 construction of Urban Aquaponics and Hydroponics Micro-Farm; creation of a mobile market; supplies for community engagement events, curriculum, and marketing

Montgomery

Visitation No Greater Love Garden, $2,125 – raised beds and soil components

Catholic Social Services Martha's Choice Marketplace and Community Farm, $2,500 – grass and brush management equipment, wheelbarrows, and tools

SBK Cafe and Market LLC, $15,422 – purchase and installation of walk-in freezer and equipment

Variety The Childrens Charity of The Delaware Valley, $10,000 – installation of an accessible educational garden space greenhouse upgrades, raised garden beds to improve accessibility of  existing garden

New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, $50,000 – garden expansion, cold storage, and rainwater collection system.

Northampton

Greater Easton Development Partnership, $50,000 install pole barn and shed, and create a tool share program

Philadelphia

Friends of Fernhill Park, $2,500 – plants, trees, fencing, tools, and water infrastructure

Novick Urban Farm, $2,119 – soil amendment supplies

The U School, $2,500 – storage shed for tools and supplies for the Free Farm Market Program

Share Food Program, $50,000 projects to increase community access to green space, farm education, and fresh produce at several farm sites

Neighborhood Gardens Trust, $40,000 – improvements to three community gardens, with water line, fencing, garden expansions, raised garden beds, and landscaping

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, $46,000 –pole barn, concrete pad, and site preparation

Spring Garden Community Development Corporation, $45,000 – shed, water system updates, and creating ADA compliant pathways.

RAIR, Inc., $50,000 – building, installation, and planting of garden beds, and purchase of shipping container

York

York Fresh Food Farms, $19,869 equipment and farm upgrades  

Crispus Attucks Association of York, $2,125 – garden supplies and tools

Find a map of previous grant recipients and details of other PA Farm Bill grants and initiatives to grow and sustain Pennsylvania agriculture on the PA Farm Bill webpage.

 Media Contact: Shannon Powers – 717.603.2056, shpowers@pa.gov

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