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Urban Agriculture

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 madison.walter@delaware.gov. 

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

NCCD tour of 2019 urban ag. grant recipients


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. 

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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. 


Urban Farmer& Gardener Mini Grant Program

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

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 $2000 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!


Applications open at the beginning of each year for projects to be completed in the same calendar year's growing season.


We are currently accepting applications for 2020!

Applications are due, April 9th, 2020 by 4:30pm! 


Completed applications can emailed to madison.walter@delaware.gov 


*In following the NCCD COVID19/Coronavirus Policy, we will no longer be accepting hard copy submissions this year. All application must be submitted electronically. If you have problems, concerns, or questions about submitting your application please call Madison Walter at (785)443-1035!

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

2019 Mini Grant Awardee- Our Redeemer Lutheran Church community garden newly installed rain barrels.

2018 Mini Grant Awardee- Kingswood Community Center installed 20 new, metal raised garden beds.