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Tractor brand manufacturer Mahindra USA has come together with the Troy-based Mahindra North American Technical Center to donate nearly $100,000 toward urban farming initiatives in Detroit.

Five non-profits will be receiving the gifts through the 2015 Mahindra Urban Agriculture grant program. These include: Full Circle Foundation’s Edible Garden program, receiving $5,000; The Greening of Detroit’s Build-a-Garden program, receiving $20,000; Keep Growing Detroit’s Garden Resource program, receiving $20,000; Neighbors Building Brightmoor’s Brightmoor Farmway, receiving $5,000; and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s D-Town Farm which will receive a 4025 four-wheel-drive Mahindra tractor (retail value of $31,000). The city of Detroit will also be receiving a Mahindra mPACT XTV utility vehicle, which retails for $16,000.

“Our program will enable more Detroit residents to get involved in growing their own fruits and vegetables, help make nutritious produce available at reasonable prices to greater numbers of people, and assist in beautifying and unifying neighborhoods through the cultivation of community gardens,” Richard Haas, president and COO of the Mahindra North American Technical Center, said in a statement. “Supporting urban agriculture in Detroit is a natural fit for Mahindra, given our position as the world leader in tractor production.”

Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, said the investment in Detroit is part of a plan to build a global position in the automotive segment.

“Mahindra and Detroit share some common DNA. Toughness, resilience, an aspiration to reach new heights and an unrelenting commitment to doing right by its people and communities,” said Mahindra. “We are very excited about the opportunity to participate in the renaissance of Detroit, and this program is one way we can play a part in the great story that is unfolding here.”

Mahindra invests in several agriculture-focused scholarship programs, including five Urban Agriculture scholarships, four Women In Agriculture scholarships in partnership with the Future Farmers of America, and 12 Mahindra Texas Pride scholarships that are offered jointly with the Career and Technology Association of Texas, Inc.

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