June 24, 2021
Wilmington, DE – The United States Botanical Garden (USBG) and the American Public Gardens Association (Association) have partnered to support public gardens and their community partners engaged in urban agriculture and food crops to meet food security challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, USBG and the Association awarded $ 403,450 to 21 public garden partnerships across the United States that will promote public engagement and education in urban food culture and build capacity in urban food culture programs. urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program aims to strengthen collaborations, promote resilience, and bring together best practices across the United States.
The Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE is one of the recipient gardens. DCH will mobilize home gardeners and community centers to plant additional food crops this year, dedicate grow space at DCH’s ED Robinson Urban Farm for donations to local pantries, coordinate engagement and implementation for as other Delaware partners sign up, and will convert their educational gardening programs in person to virtual programs.
These funds will help participating programs in 16 states and Washington, DC integrate urban food culture and education while addressing the food security challenges facing their communities. The program aims to leverage the strength of public gardens by working with partners in their communities, ranging from schools, universities and urban farms to pantries, community gardens, local government agencies and non-profit organizations. The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program will provide insight into successful approaches and future opportunities for public gardens and their partners to creatively use their unique strengths to advance food and agriculture education in urban communities.
âThe past year has underscored the widespread interest and need for urban agriculture programs that address food insecurity. We are delighted to build on the success of last year’s Urban Agriculture Resilience Program and support innovative collaborations between public gardens and various partners in their communities, âsaid Saharah Moon Chapotin, Executive Director of the Garden American botany. âIt’s inspiring to see these partners come together to extend the reach and deepen the impact of their programming.
“We are proud to continue to partner with the United States Botanical Garden and offer these awards which provide opportunities to directly address knowledge gaps and food insecurity in 21 communities nationwide,” said said Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. âThrough these awards, we will also continue to gain knowledge about what makes successful partnerships possible, thereby helping more gardens to be the resilient hubs of their communities.â
The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program began in 2020 as a way for USBG and the Association to help public gardens continue urban agriculture and food crop programs facing funding and sustainability issues. capacity due to COVID-19.
Collaborations with public gardens and community partners that received funding in 2021 include:
- Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Community Kitchens
- Desert Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Unlimited Potential, TigerMountain Foundation, The Orchard Community Learning Center and Roosevelt School District
- The Gardens on Spring Creek, in collaboration with the Larimer County Food Bank
- Delaware Center for Horticulture, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
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- Friends of the National Arboretum, in collaboration with the US National Arboretum
- Atlanta Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Truly Living Well
- Trees Atlanta, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience and the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation
- The Morton Arboretum, in collaboration with Homan Grown, Stone Temple Baptist Church and Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute
- University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, in collaboration with Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network D-Town Farm
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in collaboration with Pillsbury United Communities, WE WIN Institute, St. Paul City Schools, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Kaleidoscope Place, North Point Health & Wellness Center Community Food Shelf and CAP Agency Food Shelf
- EarthDance, in collaboration with The Vine at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Restorative Justice Movement and BTC St. Vincent’s Food Pantry
- Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, in collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden, Morris Campus Farm, La Finca del Sur and Morning Glory Community Garden
- Queens Botanical Garden, in collaboration with La Jornada Food Pantry at the Queens Museum
- Ability Garden, in collaboration with New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension, Wilmington Housing Authority
- Holden Forests & Gardens, in collaboration with Revolutionary Love Garden, Have a Hive and Lettuce Tree Farms
- Grumblethorpe Historic House & Gardens (PhilaLandmarks), in collaboration with Chief Gail Hinson, Johnson House Historic Site and Historic Fair Hill
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in collaboration with East Park Revitalization Alliance, Neighborhood Gardens Trust
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Homewood-Brushton YMCA
- Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, in collaboration with The Museum of Infinite Outcomes
- University of Washington Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Intellectual House, UW Nutritional Sciences Program, UW Neighborhood Design / Build Studio and UW Program on the Environment
- Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, in collaboration with Wyoming Hunger Initiative