NY Sun Works Awarded Competitive Federal Grant for Urban Farming Education

NY Sun Works is thrilled to be one of 12 recipients of funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), via their Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP). FASLP is dedicated to promoting agricultural knowledge and nutritional health of low-income children; fostering higher levels of engagement between farms and school’s systems; and helping K-12 students build leadership skills for agricultural and related careers. 

The two-year, $220,000 grant will enable us to implement our urban farming program in five South Bronx primary and secondary schools, including expansion to a new partner school, and to bring our Controlled Environment Agriculture workforce development program to two partner high schools. The grant also funds our collaboration with Green Guerillas, the iconic NYC community farming advocacy non-profit, to connect students at the five schools with local urban food producers and enable them to explore the intersection of community farming and food justice. 

Joining NY Sun Works as awardees are FoodCorps, Inc.; Friends of the National Arboretum; HealtHIE Georgia Corps; North Carolina State University; Old Grove Orange, Inc.; Pilot Light; Rural Action, Inc.; Sprouting Farms Corps; SUNY Oneonta; The International Rescue Committee; and University of South Florida.