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Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsRobotic arms tend to plants in an indoor farming environmentEnvironment#sustainability #agriculture #Technology #ARPA @PHXenvironment @CityofPhoenixAZSustainability, agriculture, farming, ARPA grants, Phoenix, Environmental ProgramsSpencer Blake602-818-6033602-262-6822spencer.blake@phoenix.govPHXEnvironment

 

 

Phoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2514Environment & Sustainability10/5/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2514/Newsroom_OEP_01_owlB.jpgPhoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Day<div class="ExternalClassB5C39894D44142428935C0F1FD3BF2ED"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:16px;">On Saturday, October 8, 2022 the public is invited to join the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Audubon Society for a celebration of <a href="https://www.fws.gov/project/rio-reimagined" target="_blank">Urban Wildlife Conservation Day</a>. The free community event is a chance for volunteerism, family fun, and local food. Mayor Kate Gallego will also be signing an Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) to support bird conservation.</span><br style="font-size:16px;"><br><strong style="font-size:16px;">Location:</strong><span style="font-size:16px;">  Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S Central Avenue. Phoenix AZ, 85004</span><br><br style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Schedule of events:</strong></span><br style="font-size:16px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">7 a.m. - Salt River clean-up activity starts (no registration needed)</span></li><li><span style="font-size:16px;">8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Community activities</span></li><ul><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">2nd Annual 'Walk for the Wild'</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Audubon Native Plant Sale</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Nature Tent with fun presentations</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Story Walk for kids</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Community partner booths</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Food trucks - Pupusas Transitenas and Kona Ice</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Performances by Native American flute musician Ed Kabotie</span></li></ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">​​9 a.m. - Mayor Gallego, USFWS, and Audubon Southwest sign Urban Bird Treaty</span></li></ul><p>UBT partnerships work on bird habitat conservation, bird hazard reduction, and community engagement in bird-related conservation, education, science, and recreation, especially for diverse and underserved communities. The partnerships provide these communities with opportunities to connect with nature through bird related activities.<br></p><p>Phoenix is known for its sprawling structure, diverse neighborhoods, and unique landscape. Over 300 bird species are known to breed in Arizona and many of them face a tenuous future due to water uncertainties and climate shifts. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Let Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to Youhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1476Equal Opportunity10/5/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1476/Newsroom_EOD_014.jpgLet Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to You<div class="ExternalClassBA656C7663484A93B960A0CCD011BB7D"><html> <p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>The City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission and the Equal Opportunity Department are organizing free, virtual and in-person programs for 2023. They would like to hear your ideas and comments on the topics that are most impactful to you. Your answers will help them determine what topics and speakers to present.</p><p>Please provide your ideas and feedback by completing this <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUNDFZV1ZCQjYxVVdLUkdBN0xUNzRaQlFBVi4u&wdLOR=c452E834B-9D87-49AD-BB34-27E1BE47AB89" target="_blank">five-question survey</a>.</p><p>The mission of the <a href="/eod/commissions/humanrelations" target="_blank">Human Relations Commission</a> is to promote respect and understanding among all groups by eliminating discrimination throughout the city of Phoenix. The Commission is an advisory body to the Equal Opportunity Department whose purpose is to provide advice to the City of Phoenix to enable the City to meet the needs of its residents. The Commission provides educational awareness to the residents of Phoenix on issues impacting the community.</p><p>For more information, contact Shanna Archie at shanna.archie@phoenix.gov.</p><p> ​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phxtv/2513PHXTV10/5/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/qdk0Zcqs584New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feed<div class="ExternalClass4593B381F52D450BB832C4BFF1183711"><html> <p>Representative Greg Stanton, Mayor Kate Gallego, and the White House’s Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu today discussed a $194 million federal investment to construct a new 2,000-foot taxiway at our airport. This is the first project in the City of Phoenix to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The new taxiway will join the north and south airfields on the west end of the airport, allowing for better aircraft flow for airfield operations.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/phxtvVideo

 

 

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