HARRISBURG – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited three urban agriculture operations in Berks and Lancaster Counties today as part of PA’s fourth annual Urban Ag Week. The locations fill gaps in the food system for those who live in urban areas and train a new generation to feed Pennsylvanians for tomorrow. This morning, Redding visited the Goggle Works Center for the Arts in downtown Reading which received a $10,000 Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant used to install an irrigation system, planting beds, and growing equipment. This afternoon, Redding visited Treasures of Hope Foundation in Lancaster which works with community coalition partners to revitalize access to healthy and affordable food, increase access to affordable home goods, and address issues of poverty and food insecurity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasures received a $450,000 Fresh Food Financing Grant to invest in more cold storage and upgrade their facilities. Redding also visited DECA City Farms which was born out of the pandemic in the streets of Lancaster with a plan to grow their love for planting and growing to ensure food security for their community.

RUSSELL REDDING