City sets GrowBoston advisory panel, awards grants for Grassroots Program

On October 1, Mayor Michelle Wu and community gardening and farm activists from around the city gathered at the Boston Housing Authority’s Franklin Field Elderly development on Ames Street in Dorchester to celebrate the announcement of the GrowBoston: Office of Urban Agriculture’s Advisory Board.

The mayor used the occasion to also announce $600,000 in Grassroots Program funding to support non-profit organizations in developing and renovating urban farms, community gardens, and other open spaces in Boston.

“Boston needs a food system that supports our local economy, uplifts our communities, and promotes health, racial equity, and climate justice,” said Wu. “As we continue to invest in urban agriculture, I’m thrilled to celebrate our non-profit grantees and grateful for our GrowBoston advisory board’s service to ensure that our residents and communities are connected to healthy food across the city.”

Attendees also celebrated the pilot round of a raised-bed garden program, with additional funding for raised beds to be distributed by the GrowBoston office in collaboration with the Office of Food Justice utilizing American Rescue Plan Act funds.

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