Delaware urban agriculture and community garden projects are receiving support through a second round of funding designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition. The partnerships that have developed have helped transform Delaware communities. Delaware Department of Agriculture awarded grants totaling $17,671.
"We are extremely grateful for these grants," said Mary Steppi, a volunteer with Elsmere Community Garden, which received a grant last year. "These gardens fill a niche by providing fresh produce to people who do not have transportation to farmers markets. Our garden serves young and old, longtime residents, and a diverse mix of families. It really brings the community together, encourages people to get out and get active, and meet people while giving back to the neighborhood."
This year's recipients include community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations. The funds for these projects will help purchase supplies, seeds, plants and minor equipment to enhance current projects or new initiatives. Local recipients include Rehoboth Art League, $1,000, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Sussex County, $1,000. For more information, go to www.dda.delaware.gov.