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San Diego County residents will soon have a greater opportunity to grow fresh vegetables and fruits in their neighborhood. Today, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of using $7 million in federal funds to provide grants to nonprofits for community gardens and food production projects.   

“Bringing more community gardens to neighborhoods is one way we are working to reduce food insecurity in the County,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “By embracing community gardens, we tackle food insecurity, provide more fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables and keep people, particularly our seniors, active and engaged.”

“This initiative will provide the resources needed to help residents grow their own food and is one of many ways we empower San Diegans to eliminate food insecurity.” 

Individuals and nonprofits interested in receiving updates about when the grants will be made available, can be notified by Chair Fletcher’s office by signing up here:

The $7 million in federal funds will be made available for projects and locations in the 3rd and 4th quartile of the Healthy Places Index, along with supporting community gardens on county-owned properties and distribution of container gardens.

Last year Chair Fletcher introduced the policy to leverage federal funds to start more community gardens.  He also participated in the opening of a “Demonstration Garden” at the County’s Operation Center in Kearny Mesa (Learn More) as part of the County’s Food System Initiative, and in April of 2021 he also led an initiative to provide the community with mini-bagged gardens, which are helpful for people who live in dwellings without ample land to create a garden. 

The San Diego Foundation will be administering the grants on behalf of the County of San Diego.