Guelph Wellington Urban Agriculture Challenge
Incredible initiatives led by local champions of urban agriculture
where it started
In September 2020, the Smart Cities office launched the Guelph-Wellington Urban Agriculture Challenge. This program, led by Harvest Impact, in partnership with Our Food Future, invited proposals for projects that would support circular economic recovery and accelerate food production, getting more food to the table with less environmental impact.
By February 2021, ten local not-for-profit and social enterprise projects shared $106,000 in funding to develop sustainable initiatives that would help more people in Guelph-Wellington access healthy food. Projects began in spring 2021, with others active in 2022 and beyond.
Stream 1. Transformative Urban Agriculture Award (1) – $70,000
Stream 2. Scaling Out Community Agriculture Award (1) – $20,000
Stream 3. Shovel and Fork Awards (6) – $2,000 per award
Funding for an additional two projects which had the potential to address issues of inequity and have a significant impact for people in Guelph-Wellington who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of colour was secured during the evaluation process.
“Urban Agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in our built environment where we live, work and play”, says Julia Grady, Executive Director at 10C. "It contributes to food security and local economies, and increases social connection and resiliency."