If you have a community food garden in Allegheny County, Grow Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy have established a fund to offer support.
Applications for grants from the 2014 Community Garden Sustainability Fund are due by Friday at 5p. Awards will be up to $6,000 for materials — fencing, raised beds, compost, topsoil, signs, rain barrels and services such as tilling and soil testing.
Selections will be made in mid-June and project work is expected to be completed by October.
To qualify, a garden must have at least six well-organized people participating; be already in existence; and show proof of insurance, permission from the property owner and how extensively the garden serves the neighborhood.
Current participants in City Growers and Allegheny Grows are not eligible.
Grow Pittsburgh has registered several dozen among probably hundreds of community gardens in the county. You can find out more about Grow Pittsburgh here.
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