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July 7, 2011 / Green America

Congratulations to our Green Grants Winners

Urban Roots youth at their farm market.

Thanks to all who voted in Green America’s Green Grants contest  We’re so pleased to announce the winner of this year’s top green-grants prize: Urban Roots, in Austin, TX.

Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as means to build entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills amongst its participants. Via local hunger-relief programs, Urban Roots then distributes this good, local, organic food to nourish Austin residents who currently have limited access to healthy foods.

“Ever since Urban Roots’ inception in 2008, we have relied upon the generosity of thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer who help us cultivate young leaders and get their hands dirty, planting and harvest on our 3.5 acre farm,” says Max Elliott, Urban Roots’ program coordinator.  “Urban Roots will use this green grant to purchase seeds and to pay for youth Farmers Market Intern stipends.”

Urban Roots earns $2,500 as the top prize-winner, and three other finalists earn a $1,000 prize as runners-up. Read about them after the jump…

1. Cully Community Market — An organic, local farmers’ market serving a community in Portland that has been labeled a “food desert,” the Cully Community Market also disburses micro-loans for local residents (including many immigrant Latina women) to establish vendor stalls in the market.

2. Fair Trade Los Angeles – This LA-based non-profit organization works to make Fair Trade products more available in the southern California area, to raise awareness of Fair Trade, and to make Los Angeles into one of the largest Fair Trade Towns in the US.

3. Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community – This organic farm in northern Ohio provides meaningful work for adults with autism. Organizers intend to use their green grant to purchase solar-powered vents for the farm’s new barn.

We hope you feel inspired by all the great, green projects underway around the country, perhaps even motivated to join with or start up a new project in your own local community.

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