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Urban Agriculture

Looking for Urban Farmer and Gardener Mini-Grant Information? Click here! 

Since the late 1990's NCCD has been a partner in assisting urban residents in overcoming obstacles to community gardening and urban agriculture such as soil toxicity, land acquisition, and by developing a mini-grant program where community gardeners and urban farmers can apply for financial assistance. 


In 2017, NCCD worked in partnership with:



and was awarded a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts as part of their "Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative."  These funds allowed for the creation of a dedicated urban agriculture staff person and more robust urban agriculture programming.  Since then we have been working to build upon those programs and continue supporting the growing urban agriculture community in New Castle County. 


Below you will find more details about the different facets of our work in urban ag. For more information on any of the programs, please email Urban Agriculture Coordinator, Madison Walter at 


Tomato freshly picked from the Village Tree Garden in Wilmington, DE.


NCCD tour of 2019 urban ag. grant recipients

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Grow It Yourself (GIY)

Grow It Your (GIY) is a two year program where NCCD partners with communities in New Castle County to implement a self-sustaining adult container gardening workshop series. This program utilizes the "Train the Trainer" model to help build capacity amongst local community members to take ownership of their GIY program. 

If your community/church/center/group are interested in bringing GIY to your neighborhood, please contact Madison Walter for more details and schedule a consultation. 

During the Summer of 2020 we were able to digitize some of our GIY workshop class content! Check it out at the links below! 

Small Garden Planning Video Playlist

Container Gardening Basics Playlist


GIY participants harvesting potatos grown in a laundry basket as part of a hands-on demonstration.



NCCD is willing to provide workshops or info talks on a wide range of urban agriculture topics to groups that are actively engaged or just starting in urban ag work, including community gardens. Past topics have included: 

  • Container/Raised Bed Gardening

  • Water Conservation in Vegetable Gardens (including rain barrels)

  • Pollinator Habitat

  • Season Extension 

  • Composting


In addition to these "as-needed" workshops we also have a workshop series, Grow It Yourself (see above), and provide one on one meetings/consultations. 

UA Cost Share

Urban Farmer& Gardener Mini Grant Program


Workshop at Rose Hill community center.


Danette Brock, NCCo Dept. of Community Services, plants lettuce transplants at the Absalom Jones Senior Center, a 2019 mini-grant recipient. 

These grants, part of our Cost Share program, award up to $2500 to help urban growers improve and/or increase the access to local, healthy foods in New Castle County.  This includes many different types of practices at a wide variety of scales. Past projects have included:

  • Rain barrels/cisterns

  • Fencing

  • Garden start ups

  • Acquiring soil and tools

  • Outdoor food prep stations

  • many more!

-* 2023 Application is Open for the 2nd Round *- 

Our 2023 Urban Farmer and Gardener Mini Grant program is now open for a second round of applications. Applications are due Thursday, April 13th at 4:30pm. All applications are will then be reviewed by our committee and all applicants can expect a response regarding their application status by the end of April. 


If you have questions, please email  or call (302) 365-8983. 

Download 2023 Request for Proposal 

Download 2023 UF&G Mini Grant Application 

Download 2023 Frequently Asked Questions 

Looking for grant writing tips? Visit the DEUFFC's Resource Hub! 

Congratulations to our 2022 Recipients!

  • Bellevue Farms - capacity building

  • Delaware Center for Horticulture -irrigation repairs

  • Delaware Historical Society - garden expansion at George Reed II House

  • Duffy's Hope Youth Garden - garden repairs and outreach

  • Lancashire Elementary School -perimeter garden fence

  • Latin American Community Center - new community garden

  • The NEST - irrigation and infrastructure improvements 

  • The ORCHARD -  garden shed

  • Plastic Free Delaware - community composting program

  • Simond's Community Garden- raised bed repair

  • St. Nicholas Community Garden - garden expansion

  • The Village Tree- raised bed replacement

  • Wilmington Friend's School - greenhouse


2019 Mini Grant Awardee- The Village Tree installed a new fence.

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2020 Mini Grant Awardee- Our Redeemer Lutheran Church community garden newly installed water tank, pump, and irrigation line. 

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2020 Mini Grant Awardee- Downtown Community Garden installed 6 new, eco plastic raised beds and a composting system.

Urban Ag Applicaton
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2021 Mini Grant Awardee- Urban Promise Academy installed eco plastic raised beds to grow veggies in their new school green space! 

Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition (DEUFFC)

NCCD is a proud member of the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition! DEUFFC formed in 2007 to support Wilmington, Delaware’s first urban farm, E.D. Robinson Farm at 12th and Brandywine.  DEUFFC also organized the region’s first urban agriculture summit in 2011 during Delaware’s Ag Week. This summit led to an annual Ag Week event, which is still held today. 


The Coalition represents a broad spectrum of individuals all working to support urban agriculture in Northern New Castle County.  Their ongoing  mission is to provide a network of support for community-oriented urban agriculture and community garden projects that seek to expand access to healthy foods in Northern Delaware.  Together members work to achieve its mission through resource sharing, event coordination, networking, partnership, collaboration and community building activities. 

Get Involved with DEUFFC!


1) Sign Up for the Newsletter

Our monthly e-newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with DEUFFC and it's members. These newsletters container event, opportunities, and interesting articles partners! Sign up to receive our newsletter here


2) Follow on Facebook

Share and learn about urban ag opportunities and resources, plus connect with other members! 

3) Attend a Quarterly Meeting

Our quarterly meetings are when the full DEUFFC membership comes together (or via Zoom) to hear updates from the committee, learn about urban ag topics and/or local projects, and share about their current projects. If you are interested in learning more about DEUFFC, this is a great place to start! 


4) Join a Committee

Our committees are small working groups that meet monthly to plan, organize, and execute the many projects and events the DEUFFC is working towards. Read below to learn more about each committee. 

  • Community Garden Committee: A standing committee which exists to connect new and existing community gardens to a variety of resources in order to support and sustain their activities. In recent years, the Community Garden Committee have provided one-on-one support to community gardens, has produced and updated the Northern Delaware Community Toolkit (see "Useful Link" below) and hosted "Ready, Set, Grow" a virtual networking and resource fair. To learn more or get involved with this committee please contact Randi Novakoff at or  Madison Walter at  


  • Policy Committee: A standing committee which exists to evaluate and improve the way that DEUFFC activities are supported, allowed, and otherwise permitted by political processes. Previously this committee helped introduce a urban agriculture water resolution to Wilmington City Council and is currently working to produce other pieces of legislation that would further support and promote urban agriculture. To learn more or get involved with this committee please contact Andrea Pierce at or  Madison Walter at  

To learn more about DEUFFC make sure to visit their NEW website at

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