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June 03, 2021 - York, PA

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights Administration Investments to Build Urban Food Sovereignty

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured gardens throughout the City of York and discussed the ability for farms in Pennsylvania's urban spaces to stomp out food apartheid and build stronger, united communities with volunteers and management from York Fresh Food Farms and city officials.

"Pennsylvania's urban gardens provide local families access to tools, space, mentorship, and valuable work that not only nourishes the body but feeds the soul," said Redding. "We've made very intentional decisions to invest in agricultural infrastructure in city spaces across the commonwealth to break down the walls of systemic discrimination that have deprived communities in need of the necessary nutrition to thrive."

Through the 2019 and 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Bill Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, the Wolf Administration has invested $1 million in building infrastructure for food sovereignty and security in urban areas of the commonwealth. Amidst the pandemic in 2020, $10 million of Pennsylvania's CARES Act dollars were dedicated to low-income, often urban, communities in a move to increase the availability, accessibility, safety, and affordability of nutritious foods and combat food apartheid through the COVID-19 Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI).



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Bruce Manns gives Secretary Russell Redding a tour of the many greenhouses and gardens at York Fresh Food Farms, in York, PA on July 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration has invested $1 million in building infrastructure for food sovereignty and security in urban areas across Pennsylvania, at York Fresh Food Farms on June 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration has invested $1 million in building infrastructure for food sovereignty and security in urban areas across Pennsylvania, at York Fresh Food Farms on June 3, 2021. <a 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target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Bruce Manns, Farm Manager at York Fresh Food Farms, discusses his journey to creating an urban farm, in York, PA on July 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Bruce Manns, Farm Manager at York Fresh Food Farms, discusses his journey to creating an urban farm, in York, PA on July 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding tours York Fresh Food Farms, one of many urban spaces in Pennsylvania seeking to stomp out food insecurity, June 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Bruce Manns gives Secretary Russell Redding a tour of the many greenhouses and gardens at York Fresh Food Farms, in York, PA on July 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding tours York Fresh Food Farms, one of many urban spaces in Pennsylvania seeking to stomp out food insecurity, June 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration has invested $1 million in building infrastructure for food sovereignty and security in urban areas across Pennsylvania, at York Fresh Food Farms on June 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Bruce Manns, Farm Manager at York Fresh Food Farms, discusses his journey to creating an urban farm, in York, PA on July 3, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18787_agric_urbangardens_17.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding tours York Fresh Food Farms, one of many urban spaces in Pennsylvania seeking to stomp out food insecurity, June 3, 2021.