2021 Urban Agriculture Infrastructure and Operations Grant Awardees
City Blossoms: Growing Together at the Ft. Stanton Farm ($25,000)
City Blossoms, in partnership with Dreaming Out Loud, DMV Urban Greens, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, revitalized the Fort Stanton farm in Ward 8. Through this grant they held a youth-led design process, repaired damaged hoop houses, added drainage systems, and purchased tools in preparation for a productive 2022 growing season.
Eats Place: Urban Apiary ($4,656)
EatsPlace expanded their apiary and improved methods for honey harvest. The project also supported free apiary tours and classes and funded an observation hive to educate participants on the importance of honeybees.
2021 DC Urban Agriculture Small Grant Program Awardees
Friendship Public Charter School: Friendship Public Charter School High School Urban Garden Expansion in Wards 7 & 8 ($10,000)
Friendship Public Charter School's two high school campuses received funding: Friendship Collegiate Early College Academy (Ward 7) and Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy (Ward 8) to expand their production of edible crops. The Collegiate Academy installed agricultural tables for growing crops year-round and the Technology Preparatory Academy expanded the existing raised beds installed through the RiverSmart program, by a total of 4-5 beds.
Sovereign EarthWorks: Feeding QTBIPOC+ Folx in the District ($10,000)
Through this project, Sovereign EarthWorks provided food grown on site through a CSA to local QTBIPOC folx in their community. The project entailed workshops centered around food sovereignty, autonomous self-liberation, and deep ancestral healing and storytelling through various media platforms including social media, podcasts, and publications. The project increased food production District communities, QTBIPOC+ folx.
Garfield Terrace Senior Citizens: Applied Research Garden ($9,574)
This project supported the implementation of a sustainable growing system in communities of color. Black Nickel, and agricultural partner Hustlaz 2 Harvesters, installed a Geodome that is watered by a custom irrigation system that utilizes technology to administer water based on soil and weather conditions.
LeDroit Park Community Garden: Plot Rebuilding ($4,580)
This project rebuilt ten raised beds in the LeDroit Park Community Garden to improve crop growth and increase distribution and access to fresh foods for residents of DC's Ward 5. The project included volunteer workdays to rebuild the plots.
Hope Pilgrim LLC: Video Training for Black Farmers on Sustainable Agriculture ($3,902)
This project developed six tutorial videos on sustainable agricultural practices in urban farming for Black growers by Black farmers. Growers at Fort Dupont Community Garden received information on sustainable agricultural practices that they can apply immediately to their cultivation spaces.