Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced a $249,000 Environmental Protection Agency Grant for the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) as part of the Sustainable Development Challenge Program. "With this grant, the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners can develop a model that brings its urban farming, environmental and job training programs together in a way that creates opportunity for San Francisco's neediest residents," Pelosi said.
The model will be used in public housing communities in Bayview/Hunter's Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill and Bernal Heights. The project will address low-income self-reliance, urban habitat restoration and urban environmental education through SLUG's job training efforts, urban gardening programs and sales of its compost and landscaping materials. "The League provides individuals with job training and the opportunity to work in its various community-based small business enterprises. People who need skills get them, and the communities in which they work and live benefit from the commerce," Pelosi said.
This grant acts as seed money for the recipients. The programs are designed to become self-sustaining.
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