Working Group: Urban Agriculture Working Group

Urban Agriculture Land Security, 12/2

Fence closed on empty lot

Foundations support urban farms and gardens and related programs for a variety of reasons – youth development, food access, environmental protection, and more – but no matter what the program goal, foundations want to see their grantees’ programs succeed. Without the land they depend on, none of these urban agriculture programs can continue, yet the obstacles to obtaining secure land (i.e. permanent protection of the resource) and secure tenure (i.e. assured access to the land) are seldom discussed.

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Recap: Newark Urban Ag Tour

On July 30th, The Urban Agriculture Working Group of CFF partnered with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to host a day-long tour of urban agriculture sites in Newark, NJ. 25 funders participated in the bus tour visiting Newark gardens and farms and hearing from presenters.

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Merck Family Fund

The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co., Inc.  He created the fund for two principal reasons: to do good with the resources acquired through the company’s success, and to create an...

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Beyond the Kale briefing recap

I attended the February 11, 2014, CFF Urban Agriculture Working Group briefing about the forthcoming book--Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City--and found the afternoon to be extremely interesting, engaging, and informative. Nevin Cohen and...

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