Garden Awarded Urban Agriculture Resilience Program Funds

Allen Centennial Garden, part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences, is one of the 2024 recipients of an award from the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program. In 2023, Allen Centennial Garden opened the new Wyman Memorial Kitchen Garden, which is home to multicultural vegetable gardens featuring African diasporic, Hmong, Latinx, and Native American plants. In 2024, the Garden will partner with local organizations Rooted and REAP Food Group to expand efforts to support a more diverse and equitable food system and provide in-depth learning experiences for the next generation of urban farmers at Allen Centennial Garden and Troy Farm in Madison.

African Diasporic Garden featuring collards and other plants

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and American Public Gardens Association (Association) are awarding support to 26 public gardens and their community partners engaging in urban agriculture, food-growing, and related education work. The 26 awards total $445,600 in support for public garden partnerships across the United States that will foster public engagement and education in urban food growing and build capacity in urban agriculture programs. The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program aims to strengthen collaborations, promote resilience, and gather best practices from across the U.S.

Child and adults helping Yusuf Bin Rella plant the kitchen garden

The funds will help programs in 18 states and Washington, D.C. integrate urban food growing and urban agriculture education while addressing food security challenges in their communities. The program seeks to leverage the strength of public gardens working with partners in their communities, ranging from schools, universities, and urban farms to food pantries, community gardens, local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. This year, the program especially sought to support collaborations involving smaller public gardens, as well as organizations demonstrating a strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Interns in the kitchen garden working on willow weaving

Over the UARP’s previous four years, the program has awarded $1.57 million to 80 collaborations in 30 states and D.C. These programs have grown and shared over 690,000 pounds of produce, distributed more than 260,000 seedlings, and provided more than 46,000 hours of urban agriculture training to students, interns, and trainees.

“The collaborations supported through this year’s Urban Agriculture Resilience Program demonstrate many creative ways that urban agriculture can connect people and plants through food,” said Dr. Susan Pell, USBG executive director. “We are thrilled to embark on a fifth year of supporting such vital urban food-growing programs across the country and to expand the existing Urban Agriculture Resilience Program community with these 26 new projects.”

Allen Centennial Garden Staff under the willow arch they created

The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program began in 2020 as a way for the USBG and the Association to support and expand urban agriculture and food-growing programs at public gardens. Learn more about previous awardees at


2024 Urban Agriculture Resilience Program Awardees:


  • Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Park and Recreation Department


  • Georgeson Botanical Garden, in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Office of Sustainability; UAF AFES Vegetable Variety Trials; Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District; and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center


  • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, in collaboration with Seeds that Feed


  • Healthy Day Partners in collaboration with San Diego Botanic Garden


  • The Gardens on Spring Creek in collaboration with First People’s Community Center
  • The Urban Farm in collaboration with Denver Public Youth Services

District of Columbia

  • Covenant House Greater Washington, in collaboration with OurFarm DC; Run Hope Work; and THEARC Farm–Building Bridges Across the River


  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Operation Eco Vets and Easterseals Southwest Florida


  • Historic Westside Gardens, in collaboration with Green Team of English Avenue
  • Smith-Gilbert Gardens, in collaboration with Our Giving Garden


  • Idaho Botanical Garden, in collaboration with City of Good


  • Growing Healthy Veterans, in collaboration with Cool Learning Experience and Roberti Community House


  • Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools, Division of Sustainability and Compliance


  • Michigan State University Extension, in collaboration with Keep Growing Detroit and Peace Tree Parks

North Carolina

  • Raleigh City Farm, in collaboration with Salvation Army of Wake County Red Shield Club of Raleigh

New York

  • Buffalo Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Gerard Place
  • Ithaca Children’s Garden, in collaboration with The Learning Farm and Children’s Reading Connection
  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance, in collaboration with LSA Family Health Service


  • Growing Gardens, in collaboration with Providence Hospital Garden of Giving and Community Teaching Kitchen
  • Zenger Farm, in collaboration with David Douglas School District


  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with Just Harvest
  • Wyck Association, in collaboration with People’s Kitchen Philadelphia


  • Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, in collaboration with Little Chefs, Big Change and Shora Foundation


  • Botanical Research Institute of Texas, in collaboration with Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
  • Clark Gardens, in collaboration with Let’s Grow Crazy


  • Allen Centennial Garden, in collaboration with Rooted WI and REAP Food Group