The Prince George's Urban Agriculture Center (PG-UAC)

The Prince George's Urban Agriculture Center is a network of individuals and organizations working to develop a neighborhood-based urban farm and food production system to provide access to high-quality locally grown food in Prince George's County (youth, parents, schools, youth serving organizations, healthcare professionals, media, law enforcement, businesses, religious organizations, civic/volunteer groups, county agencies, and other food access serving organizations).  Prince George's County is a majority-minority community with more than 75% of the population being African-American or Hispanic.

The goal of the PG Urban Agriculture Center is to serve as a clearinghouse; advocacy, education and training center; and the single point of contact for neighborhood-based urban farming and local food production policy, programs, and practices - a place to receive and distribute information on urban farming, food access, local food production, and food policy issues across the county, state, and the nation.  The PG Urban Agriculture Center seeks to support ongoing dialogues, create a sense of community, and cultivate leadership to demand, advocate for and impact urban farming, food access, and local food production policy in Prince George's County, Maryland.

A special focus of PG Urban Agriculture Center is preventing and reducing childhood obesity. This activity is led by the STEER Center Youth Council (SYC), in partnership with youth serving organizations throughout the county. Youth leaders focus on three food policy areas (1) education, (2) outreach and (3) advocacy.