Resources

Funding

Land, Buildings, Equipment and Other

Next Generation Farmer Loan

Pennsylvania First Industries- Ag

US Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program

USDA Programs

USDA Farm Service Agency

Farm Credit System- Network of Borrower Owned Lending Institutions

USDA Financial Resources for Organic Farmers

USDA Farm Service Agency Price Support Programs

Commodity Loans

Loan Deficiency Payments

Market Loss Assistance Payment Program

Facility Loan Program

Coming Soon…technical assistance and legislative/regulatory resources!

Community Gardens – Urban Farms

A community garden in a place where individuals, community members, groups, and organizations can come together to garden. Community gardens come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. You can find community gardeners tending a communal gardening space or working on individual garden plots. They can be located in vacant lots, unused green spaces, schools, community parks, church property, neighborhood squares, or even an unused parking or paved area!

Garden plots can be in ground, raised beds, in containers, or any combination of those. They can be for growing produce, flowers and plants, encouraging pollinators, or all of the above. Some gardens are for growing food, some focus on mentoring and teaching, some help the community gather, rally, and become united.

Why garden?

Gardening has some significant and important benefits including:

  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Stimulates social interaction
  • Encourages self-reliance
  • Beautifies neighborhoods and preserves green space
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy and education

Sources: The American Community Gardening Association and www.urbangardeninghelp.com

American Community Gardening Association

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

Grow It Eat It

Neighborhood Gardens Trust

The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension

Urban Farming

Urban Gardening Help

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden