The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced the winners of the 2015 garden and green space grant program, GRO1000, at the annual 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington D.C. The City of West Sacramento was named one of the four recipients in the three-year grant program to expand its urban farming initiative.
“The level of excitement and community support for the urban farming initiative has been extraordinary,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “West Sacramento residents recognize urban farms as an asset and are eager to have more sites like our flagship 5th and C Street farm in our town. This grant reinforces the city’s commitment to the Broderick and Bryte neighborhoods and sets the tone for future development. We will use the funds to improve livability and food access while increasing the visibility of West Sacramento as a regional food hub.”
The funds from the grant will be used to further develop the 5th and C Street Urban Farm and the ongoing partnership between the City of West Sacramento and the Winters, CA-based Center for Land-Based Learning. Mary Kimball, Executive Director of the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) said “this is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our urban farming relationship with the City of West Sacramento and be a model for the region, showing the impact urban farms can have on a community”. The expansion includes a farm stand point of sale for produce and additional farm locations in West Sacramento.
In addition to West Sacramento, the other three cities to win ScottsMiracle-Gro “Gro1000” grant awards are Dallas, Texas, Rochester, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut. The award winners were announced Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. This year’s winning cities were chosen by a panel of former mayors and national garden experts. GRO1000 Grant winners will receive a total of $40,000 in monetary support and in-kind donations for gardens and green spaces that will help transform their communities.
The program is part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary. To date, hundreds of community projects have received GRO1000 funding. For more information, visit www.GRO1000.com and follow ScottsMiracle-Gro on Twitter at twitter.com/Scotts_MGro.
The Center for Land-Based Learning was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and to teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and watershed conservation. Combining innovative hands-on experience with classroom learning, participants in Land-Based Learning’s programs develop leadership skills, learn how sustainable agriculture practices contribute to a healthier ecosystem, and create connections to agricultural, environmental, and food system careers.