The CRFS included Innovation Fund grants given to ten community organizations across the country. We touched base with these organizations during our culminating conference in November, 2015. You can read more about that event here.
Here is a very brief summary of these Innovation Fund projects:
Walnut Way Conservation Corps (Milwaukee) – invested in vegetable washing and storage structures for their urban gardens and worked with local corner markets to improve marketing of fresh food.
Community Services Unlimited (Los Angeles) – documented the history of food justice and local food efforts in south LA, and worked with City of Los Angeles to implement good food policies.
Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (Cedar Rapids) – evaluated neighborhood assets in flood-damaged areas of center city and tied into overall urban agriculture production capacity of city.
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (Detroit) – developed infrastructure and marketing plan to upgrade food buying club to bricks-and-mortar local food cooperative.
Community Groundworks (Madison) – planted fruit trees in low-income areas of northeast Madison, with associated educational programming and training of caretakers. Common Love Community Fruit: Community GroundWorks Guest Blog
Chicago Food Policy Action Council (Chicago) – provided compost, tools, and training for community gardens.
Center for Resilient Cities (Milwaukee) – conducted food policy audit of ordinances affecting urban agriculture in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee County Extension (Milwaukee) – conducted an economic evaluation of small scale commercial urban agriculture.
The Food Project (Boston) – expanded the capacity of a local merchant to store and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to corner stores in an under-served part of the city.
Women’s Environmental Institute (Minneapolis) – developed a network of immigrant and urban farmers and provided culture-specific training programs.
Last updated: April, 2016