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Mayor Barrett’s response to Mayor Bloomberg’s challenge will focus on urban agriculture, foreclosures

Milwaukee will try to win “The Mayor’s Challenge” — and a $5 million grand prize — by focusing on urban agriculture

By Mary Louise Schumacher
Journal Sentinel
Aug. 14, 2012


Milwaukee will try to win “The Mayor’s Challenge” — and a $5 million grand prize — by focusing on urban agriculture and foreclosed properties, Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday.

Along with nearly 400 other mayors across the country, Barrett is taking up New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg on “The Mayor’s Challenge,” a competition to come up with innovative solutions to ubiquitous problems facing American cities. The winning city gets $5 million to implement its big idea, and runners-up get $1 million each.

Barrett is inviting proposals that build on the success and leadership of urban agriculture programs such as Growing Power, Milwaukee Urban Gardens and Sweet Water Organics, while also addressing issues related to poor nutrition, obesity and the need to revitalize neighborhoods with foreclosed properties.

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Long Beach Agriculture Movement Grows With Edible Gardens And Urban Farming

Larry Rich, sustainability coordinator with the City of Long Beach, explores the edible garden in the civic center just outside city hall. The vertical planter next to Rich is a recent addition to the garden and is part of the concept that residents can grow their own food using less space with vertical garden systems. Photo by Thomas McConville.

“People want to know where their food is coming from and know that it’s not traveling far.”

By Tiffany Rider
Long Beach Business Journal
August 14, 2012


At a time when exceptional drought in the United States, coupled with rising food prices, is cause for concern, Long Beach residents are taking matters into their own hands.

According to the USDA, food prices are expected to increase 2.5 to 3 percent overall in 2012. The forecast for food costs in 2013 is an increase of 3 to 4 percent. To this end, people across the nation have moved to growing their own vegetables, fruits and herbs to supplement their grocery needs.

Several businesses and local organizations across the city support the growing local agriculture movement in Long Beach, including GreenCoast Hydroponics.

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