Urban Farming

Harrisburg – October 2, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today that two urban agriculture grants worth in excess of $50,000 have been approved for projects in his district in Philadelphia.

“One of the goals of the recently approved farm bill package was to spur urban agriculture,” Farnese said.  “The grants approved for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and VietLead represents investments that will reap benefits well into the future.”

Farnese said that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will receive $47,600 grant for a tool library, solar panels and other equipment.  VietLead is slated to receive $2,500 for low tunnels, irrigation, refrigeration and supplies to support the South East Asian community in its effort to grow culturally significant crops.

The senator said that the governor approved $500,000 in Urban Agriculture Grants for 28 projects statewide.  The grant program stems from the recently approved state Farm Bill.

“Hopefully, more grants will be approved for additional urban agriculture projects in Philadelphia,” Farnese said.  

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