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The Aetna Foundation has announced the launch of the 2015 GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities grants program. This year will be an Open RFP called Local Roots: Supporting Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets. Through this RFP Aetna will fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets in underserved neighborhoods so that fresh fruits and vegetables are locally available, accessible and affordable
Beyond the gardens, farms or farmers markets themselves, successful applicants must have programs that also engage local residents in one or more of the following:
- Nutrition education and/or cooking classes that improve knowledge and skills about the health benefits of fresh produce;
- Cultivating and/or distributing produce that reflects local ethnic and cultural food traditions;
- Providing ways to learn job skills and/or entrepreneurship (within the context of the gardens, farms and markets); and/or
- Generating opportunities for people to support the project through community service or volunteer work.