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Cincinnati urban farm in the running for a national grant

Waterfields LLC in Cincinnati is a finalist in a national grant program for local farms that is giving away $75,000 to farms for infrastructure upgrades.

Waterfields grows and sells the fresh, high quality microgreens, edible flowers, and specialty lettuces to local restaurants and distributors. They grow their produce in underutilized buildings in inner city communities using vertical farming and hydroponic farming technology. They also use traditional cultivation methods in greenhouse and in the field.  In addition, Waterfields works to create jobs and wealth by purposefully hiring and training local residents from areas of poverty where they operate.

Because the grant includes a popular vote component, they needing to spread the word during the last week of January to get them into first place by Jan. 31. They are facing stiff competition from over 100 farms in other parts of the United States.

California-based national produce distributor PRO ACT has opened voting for its farm grant program “Cultivating Change.” A total of $75,000 in funding will be awarded to local farms with the most votes through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced on Feb. 5 2018.

Supporters can vote for the most deserving projects by going to Cultivatingchange.org and reviewing local farm applications.

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