State awards grants to community gardens and urban agriculture

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has awarded $17,000 in grants to urban agriculture and community garden projects across the state.  The New Castle Conservation District pledged an additional $10,000 to projects in the county.

“We are extremely grateful for these grants,” said Mary Steppi a volunteer with Elsmere Community Garden who received a grant last year. “These gardens fill a niche by providing fresh produce to people who do not have transportation to farmers’ markets.”

This year’s recipients include:
Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Wilmington, $2,000
William Penn High School, New Castle, $2,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware – New Castle County, $1,000
Connections CSP, Inc., Wilmington, $2,000
Duffy’s Hope Inc., Wilmington, $2,000
Conscious Connection Inc., Wilmington, $2,000
Lombardy Parent Teacher Association (PTA), $2,000
City of Delaware City, Delaware City, $1,000
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilmington, $2,000
Resurrection Parish, Wilmington, $2,000
Freire Charter School Wilmington, Wilmington, $2,000
St. Marks United Methodist Church, Wilmington, $2,000
Wesley College and Restoring Central Dover Community Garden, $1,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware – Kent County, $1,000
Dover First Christian School, Dover, $671.74
LEADelaware Class IV/Kent Community Gardens, Milford, $1,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware – Sussex County, $1,000
Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, $1,000

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