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Philadelphia Brownfields Growing Greener The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (OPPCA) has issued a $50,000 grant to the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project for the purpose of turning brownfield sites within the city into small urban farms. The money, from an OPPCA environmental/agricultural program, has allowed the Greensgrow Project to create the Neighborhood Urban Agriculture Coalition (NUAC) designed to transform brownfield and vacant lots into productive farmland. Greensgrow’s first farm is located on the former site of a galvanized steel plant and it covers one square city block, just under one acre in size. The farm grows crops from tomatoes and carrots to peas and lettuce and has grown foods for specialty restaurants. “This year, we are making more of an effort to feed the people,” Greensgrow Philadelphia Project Director Mary Seton Corboy said. “We are switching from a gourmet line of food to more…Log In to Read Full Article

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