McClinton applauds Bartram’s Garden for receiving portion of $500K first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that a $50,000 state grant is headed to the John Bartram Association for improvements to Bartram’s Garden in the 191st Legislative District.


The grant, funded by the state’s Urban Agriculture Grants program McClinton voted to create, will be used for raised beds, tools and refrigeration equipment to support urban gardening initiatives in the area.


“Bartram’s Garden is a historic arboretum and an incredibly beautiful greenspace in our community, making it perfect for family outings, walking the trails, boating at the dock or getting great food grown right there,” McClinton said. “I am grateful for Governor Tom Wolf approving this grant so Bartram’s Garden can continue to provide opportunities for Southwest Philly teens to learn gardening and cultivate fresh produce through the Sankofa Community Farm initiative.”


In July, Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides micro grants 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 approved will benefit 28 projects in Allegheny, Butler, Erie, Lawrence, Northampton, Philadelphia and York counties.