Bullock announces $15K Urban Agriculture grant awarded to Sanctuary Farm

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced a $15,000 state grant has been awarded to Sanctuary Farm, which empowers community members through gardening and then distributes fresh produce to people in need.

“Providing people with tools they can use to improve their lives is an amazing thing,” Bullock said. “When you empower someone in need it also helps others through the skills they have learned, that is a truly beautiful thing. Sanctuary Farm is doing just that – bringing people together to learn about farming and harvesting produce, and then giving them an opportunity to give the crops they’ve grown to their neighbors. I’m so happy such a worthwhile organization has been awarded this grant.”

Sanctuary Farm, which opened in an empty lot in Philadelphia in 2017, has grown and harvested thousands of pounds of fresh produce cultivated in community gardens. The organization will use the $15,000 grant to fund a new greenhouse to meet increasing demand for fresh produce.

The grant money is from Pennsylvania’s Urban Agriculture Grants program, part of the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides microgrants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and collaboration grants for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding.