November 8, 2005

Dear All,

Many preservationists dream of linking Historic Preservation with Sustainable Development and City Farms.

It is beginning to look like there is a groundswell of support for the notion of a Growing Power Demonstration Project at Pabst City, the Soldiers Home, and Boys Tech, along with small projects in each of our historic neighborhoods.

Growing Power is part of June Eastvold’s Pabst City and Soldiers Home vision.

June Eastvold will be presenting a concept paper for Pabst Village at Bucketworks at 6:30, this coming Wednesday, November 15.

Will Allen and his team are picking up quite an amount of momentum around the issue of healthy food systems, city and cooporative farming. Please call 232 1336 if interested in exploring your participation in some of the many Growing Power projects across and country and in preparation for some African and South American projects down the line. Godsil

Please e-mail or call about the upcoming tour on Teusday, at 55th & Silver Spring City Farm, from around 4 p.m. to around 6 p.m. If Will is called upon for urgent requests we might find another Growing Power leader giving the tour. All are great tours, but call me around 4 p.m. Tuesday if you only want to come when Will is there. We are counting on his giving the tour, God willing. Please be contextual with us. Godsil

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FW: [COMFOOD:] USDA AWARDS $5 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS

WISCONSIN

Growing Power, Milwaukee, $50,000. This training and technical assistance project will focus on capacity building for limited resource African American and Native American community leaders on the subjects of food systems and food security through food production and growing, assistance in proposal preparation and project development, and outreach.

Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 18:15:33 −0500
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Subject: [COMFOOD:] USDA AWARDS $5 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS
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USDA AWARDS $5 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that more than $5 million has been awarded as part of the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service’s (CSREES) Community Food Projects (CFP) competitive grants program. The grants, given to 27 organizations in 19 states, will help low-income people meet their food needs.

Created in 1996, the CFP program is designed to meet the food needs of low-income people while increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food, farm and nutrition issues and needs.

These grants are intended to help eligible private, nonprofit entities that need a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and from one to three years and require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. Funds have been authorized through 2007 at $5 million per year.

The following projects were funded in fiscal year 2005:

ALASKA

Nome Community Center, Nome, $215,000. The project will implement large-scale subsistence agriculture and provide entrepreneurial skill development via gardening and greenhouses by establishing training facilities at schools and the community center, creating residential production plots, and supplying food to homebound elders.

CALIFORNIA

Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, $216,000. The project will increase regional food security by developing a marketing and distribution system to open new markets for family farmers and increase access to fresh produce for low-income residents, including farm-to-school efforts within several school districts, coupled with the teaching of nutrition and healthy eating habits to students.

COLORADO
National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, $200,000. This training and technical assistance project will broaden the CFP program’s impact on state and local policy by sponsoring site visits and forums for legislators, legislative staff and community representatives, and by hosting a national training session for CFP grantees to educate them about legislative processes.

Southern Ute Community Action Program, Durango, $50,000. The applicant, along with collaborating organizations, will conduct a food sovereignty assessment to gather information on the food and nutrition needs of the low-income community.

IDAHO

Rural Roots, Moscow, $30,000. This project will establish a farm-to-school model to promote fresh, local, nutritious, and sustainable food for residents and visitors at the McCall Outdoor Science School at the University of Idaho Field Campus.

ILLINOIS

Seven Generations Ahead, Oak Park 165,000. This project will provide local food for school lunches served to a predominantly Latino student population, along with curriculum development, a new farmer cooperative, and a distribution system. The project also plans for financial and business training for farmers.

KANSAS

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, Kansas City, $115,000. The project will augment the volume of locally-grown produce for urban residents, make urban farms more productive, and increase the number of urban farmers by creating an Urban Farmers Network, developing collaborative projects, providing technical assistance, and developing policy initiatives.

Kansas Rural Center, Whiting, $120,000. This project will establish a Kansas Food Policy Council to bring together a diverse group of public and private sector stakeholders to examine food systems in the state and make policy recommendations for improvements.

MAINE

Cultivating Community, Portland, $230,000. This project will establish an innovative, barter-based community-supported agriculture system that will expand existing urban gardens, provide education and outreach to improve community nutrition, and offer employment, skill building, and economic opportunities for youth.

MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, $270,000. This project will focus on a farm-to-school-to-home effort that will support local agriculture and improve the nutrition of low-income school children through business relationships between regional farms and school food service departments, equipment purchases, training, menu development, and student education on gardening and food systems.

Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, $240,000. The project will develop up to 10 new food and agriculture businesses based on a 30-acre farm incubator site just outside the city by providing feasibility studies, economic development, loans, marketing campaigns, and technical assistance.

Tufts University, Boston, $90,000. The project will offer training and technical assistance on strategic planning for both applicants and grantees of the CFP program and develop a CFP strategic planning guide.

MISSOURI

Gateway Greening, St. Louis, $215,000. This urban food production project will establish an urban farm, community gardens, and season-extending greenhouses to save heirloom seeds and grow food for use in restaurants and homeless shelters, offer a culinary arts job training program, and distribute food through community-supported agriculture projects and corner stores.

MONTANA

Missoula Food Bank, Missoula, $200,000. The project will establish a community food and agriculture coalition to address city and county food policy issues, implement a market-based economic development strategy for producers and consumers, and organize the community to serve high-need populations.

NEBRASKA

United Methodists for Mission and Justice, Omaha, $185,000. This collaborative project, to include churches, businesses, public agencies, and marketing specialists, will establish four new community gardens for entrepreneurial enterprises, agricultural skills training, health promotion, intergenerational mentoring, and food-based economic development.

NEW MEXICO

Pueblo de Pojaque, Santa Fe, $260,000. The project will emphasize whole health consciousness, collaborations, and business expertise by enhancing existing farm production and retail operations through culturally appropriate economic development, including a farmers’ market, new publications, and cooking classes that promote nutrition and feature locally-grown food.

NEW YORK

American Community Gardening Association, New York, $160,000. The training and technical assistance project will disseminate best practices on community gardening through mini-grants, monthly teleconferences, a listserv and web site, delivering regional training, sponsoring an annual conference, and distributing publications.

Rochester Roots, Rochester, $270,000. The project will establish gardens at three low-income schools to supplement the food needs of students, their families, and the surrounding community by exposing youth to a practical and theoretical food systems-based education curriculum, gardening skills training, nutrition education, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

World Hunger Year, New York, $200,000. This project develops and maintains the Food Security Learning Center with information on community food security, nutrition, domestic hunger and poverty, federal food programs, rural poverty, the family farm crisis, and migrant workers.

OHIO

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, $90,000. This project will respond to the goals of the Appalachian Food Congress by establishing three new food centers in isolated rural communities to help meet long-term food and economic needs, provide food processing and gardening training, and expand markets for local products and low-income entrepreneurs.

OREGON

Janus Youth Programs, Portland, $270,000. This project will expand the Food Works gardening and entrepreneurship program by increasing the size of the Food Works farm, providing a monthly transportation shuttle to help low-income consumers access the farmers’ market, having Food Works youth mentor younger children, and providing garden-fresh produce to the community.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland - $115,000. This project will link the faith-based and farm communities through community food assessments, education and training, community-supported agriculture (CSA), and cooking clubs. Low-income members will have subsidized membership in the CSA. This will create markets for farmers and food access for the community.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Lowcountry Food Bank, North Charleston, $250,000. The project will sustain 10 farming systems by guaranteeing the purchase of over 60 percent of their farm crops for distribution to 25 faith-based, non-profit feeding programs, in addition to integrating local education programs, offering culinary job training, and creating niche branding and direct marketing programs to link farmers with retail food outlets.

VIRGINIA

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, $210,000. This project will promote a “field to table” strategy in southern Virginia and eastern Tennessee to stimulate the development of food and farm-based economic opportunities for limited resource farmers and entrepreneurs, increase access to local foods for low-income households, enhance the value-added infrastructure, and educate the public on understanding a sustainable food system.

WASHINGTON

Sunfield Education Association, Port Hadlock, $234,000. The project will establish a 50-acre, youth-run organic farm and a community-supported agriculture effort using sustainable and biodynamic methods in order to train school and tribal youth through farm apprenticeships, teach entrepreneurial skills and marketing, offer nutrition and food preparation education, and create an “Olympic Peninsula” branded label.

WISCONSIN

Growing Power, Milwaukee, $50,000. This training and technical assistance project will focus on capacity building for limited resource African American and Native American community leaders on the subjects of food systems and food security through food production and growing, assistance in proposal preparation and project development, and outreach.

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