Hill-Evans announces Urban Agriculture grant award to York County

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County was one of the first Urban Agriculture Grant Fund awardees, receiving $49,310 to build a high tunnel, tool library and refrigerator to increase food production for the community.

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $500,000 in Urban Agriculture grants. This grant program is part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill. The program provides both microgrants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and macro grants for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding will benefit 28 projects in Allegheny, Butler, Erie, Lawrence, Northampton, Philadelphia and York counties.

“This grant money will be transformative.” Hill-Evans said. “The funds will allow for the purchase of tools necessary to turn blighted areas into vibrant community gardens. These community gardens will help develop community spirit while reducing food insecurity.”

For more information, residents can call Hill-Evans district office at 717-848-9595.