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Deadlines approaching for new gardens

The number of community gardens in North Little Rock has increased from one to 19 in just two years due in large part to a city-funded program to provide funding to new and expanding community gardens and urban farms within city limits. Since 2011, the city has disbursed over $90,000 to garden projects.

Upcoming funding deadlines are Aug. 12 and Feb. 1, 2014. New and existing garden groups may apply for $1,000-$5,000. The funds can be used for seeds, garden construction materials (raised beds, containers, etc.) walkways, tools, and irrigation systems. Each garden may apply for funding once per year. Applications are available online at www.nlrfit2live.org/fit-2-eat, or in hard copy from the Fit 2 Live office in City Hall at 300 Main St. in North Little Rock.

Interested individuals or groups may contact Harmony Hudson, at hhudson@nlr.ar.gov or 912-1730.

In addition, city planning commission will be discussing a new zoning draft for an Agricultural Zone which would enable a variety of new possibilities for urban farmers with larger land stakes, possibilities which are currently prohibited by City zoning and ordinance.

Anyone interested in having their voice heard on this issue should attend the Aug. 12 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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