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On July 9, 2013, ECO City Farms, in partnership with the Food Equity Task Force of the Port Towns Community Health Partnership, successfully worked with chair Andrea Harrison and key members of the Prince George’s County Council to endorse the formation of the first-ever Food Equity Council for Prince George’s County. One of many significant victories past and future! We are now ready to recruit members. See press release.
One of the many reasons for food deserts is that food policy is not integrated into other planning and development decisions and this resolution supports our creation of a Food Equity Council to formulate and introduce remedial legislation to alter zoning and make other provisions and policies to ensure universal access to fresh healthy, affordable and nutrient rich food!
ECO in the News
In addition to a recent story in The Washington Post on our Summer Youth Program, Channel 7 News will report on our Seed to Feed program on Wednesday, July 17. We were also filmed by C-TV, also known as Canadian TV. Be sure to tune in to the local NPR affiliate, WAMU 88.5 fm, on Friday June 19 at 1 PM. They too will feature the Summer Youth Program and the on its program, Metro Connection!
Read more press about ECO on our News & Press on ECO page.
ECO Receives Major Grants
ECO recently received notice of award of several grants which will further develop its program plans:
- MD Department of Agriculture provisionally awarded ECO a Specialty Crop Block Grant for FY14, for to expand our production of Microgreens.
- The Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission awarded ECO funding to purchase a refrigerated trailer.
- The Prince George’s Health Department recently awarded ECO a mini-grant from its Centers for Disease Control (CDC) award to develop a nutrition education program at the farm in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia), which will provide expertise and teachers to train community residents to be nutrition educators and to hold classes in nutrition at the Edmonston Farm.
- ECO was awarded an Advocacy grant from the Prince George’s Community Foundation to fund our pursuit of better food policy issues, such as the Food Equity Council.