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Boulder County Among USDA's First-Ever Urban Ag Grants and Cooperative Agreements Recipients

Petra Popiel

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the recipients of the first-ever, Urban Ag Grants and Cooperative Agreements where approximately $4.1 million in funding have been awarded by USDA’s new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. Boulder County was among the recipients for its, “Restore Colorado: A Table to Farm Movement” project.

According to the Longmont Leader, “Through Restore Colorado, Boulder County will collaborate with nonprofits Mad Agriculture and Zero Foodprint to accelerate a more sustainable and circular food economy through a Table-to-Farm concept in which participating restaurants and consumers provide funding to incentivize healthy soil and conservation practices.”

Boulder County is one of 13 organizations that were funded under the Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) component of the Grants and Agreements program. USDA’s investment into these projects will assist in the development and testing of strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction.

“As the People’s Department, USDA supports and strengthens all types of agriculture, including the work being done by urban farmers and community gardeners,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “I look forward to seeing the innovations.”

Added Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, “The 578 applicants showcased the breadth of creativity in urban agriculture projects from non-profits, Tribal and local governments, and schools across the United States. We are excited to be a part of helping the selected projects improve their communities and support local agriculture and businesses.”

The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production was established through the 2018 Farm Bill. It is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and works in partnership with numerous USDA agencies that support urban agriculture. Its mission is to encourage and promote urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural practices, including community composting and food waste reduction.

More information about USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production and a complete list of Grant and Agreement recipients is available at

Additional resources that may be of interest to urban agriculture entities include AMS grants to improve domestic and international opportunities for U.S. growers and producers and FSA loans.