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VSU's Urban Ag Center Receive's $25,000 Grant

Published date: October 2, 2015

Virginia State University’s Urban Ag Center- Harding Street Project recently received a $25,000 renovation grant from the Dominion Foundation. The Center was established to serve as a hub for fresh produce, an activity site for 4-H students while providing research opportunities for educators and environmental scientists.
 
With statistics ranking Petersburg as one of the unhealthiest places in the state, administrators will focus a great deal of attention on nutrition and the culinary arts.
 
The grant will be used to upgrade the kitchen with a demonstration classroom annex.
 
"We are very excited to partner with the Dominion Foundation to increase access to healthy food in the region. This grant will make a significant impact in community health and wellness," said executive Director Duron Chavis. “We want to build healthier lifestyles and reach young people with the important message.” he added
 
From outdoor learning gardens to solar-powered cooling systems, this year’s Dominion educational grants will help fund a wide variety of programs engaging students of all ages in science, technology, engineering and math studies related to energy, the environment and workforce development.

“Dominion is pleased to support the Harding Street Community Center, because we know that it will not only benefit VSU students, but will also benefit the entire Petersburg area,“ said Earnest Greene, State and Local Affairs Manager for Dominion in the Petersburg area.
 
For the 2015-16 academic year, more than 140 schools and educational institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia will share grants totaling $1.5 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
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