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Year Awarded 2017
FFAR award amount $1,000,000
Total award amount $2,000,000
Location Ft. Collins, CO
Program Tipping Points
Matching Funders Colorado Food Policy Network, Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Colorado Wheat Research Committee, Colorado State University, City/County of Denver, Nourish Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Kaiser Permanente
While city-level policies are reducing food insecurity in Denver, Colorado, the state is lagging behind. Colorado State University researchers are building a computational model of the current food system to evaluate the potential for city-based food system policies and initiatives to support similar efforts throughout the state.
FFAR award amount $996,560
Total award amount $2,114,226
Location Austin, TX
Matching Funders Austin Public Health
In Austin, Texas, the city funded Fresh for Less farm stands, mobile markets and healthy corner stores to increase access to healthy foods. Sustainable Food Center, Inc. is examining the effects of Fresh for Less food access points on fruit and vegetable purchasing and consumption, food security and obesity. The results will inform the best ways to implement and expand the Fresh for Less program.
FFAR award amount $994,035
Total award amount $1,989,030
Location Newark, NJ
Matching Funders AeroFarms
While current plant breeding research focuses on adapting plants to their environments, AeroFarms, Rutgers University and Cornell University, are investigating how to harness environmental conditions indoors to improve characteristics in plants. The project is improving the quality, taste and nutrition of leafy greens crops.
FFAR award amount $294,988
Total award amount $590,189
Location Berkeley, CA
Matching Funders The Regents of the University of California
Ensuring urban agriculture can sustainably feed urban populations in the future requires understanding current urban agriculture challenges from a policy and systems perspective. University of California, Berkeley researchers are improving the sustainability and resilience of urban farms by building soil health, conserving water and promoting beneficial insects. The project will also evaluate the effectiveness of existing food access and food distribution methods for meeting food needs of urban food insecure communities and develop policy recommendations in collaboration with community stakeholders.
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