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CITYFOOD:  Linking Cities on Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Systems

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CLEI and RUAF joint new publication

By Marielle Dubbeling,
Director, RUAF – Foundation
September 2013

This is a collection of arguments why city-region food systems are essential, recommendations and cases, as well as the announcement of the joint ICLEI/RUAF initiative, CITYFOOD, to further link cities among themselves but also with research, governments etc.

Excerpt:

Examples of successful city food strategies include:
• Promoting and integrating urban agriculture in city planning, zoning and building standards.
• Including urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in land use planning, city climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
• Preferential public food procurement for the public sectors (hospitals, schools, offices).

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Draft of Baltimore’s proposed new urban agriculture zoning and permitting laws

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Homegrown Baltimore: Grow Local – Baltimore City’s Urban Agriculture Policy Plan

DRAFT – September 30, 2013

Excerpt:

Homegrown Baltimore: Grow Local is an ambitious plan to support and expand the production of locally grown food in Baltimore City. The plan documents the history, benefits, and types of urban agriculture in Baltimore; lays out current local urban agriculture efforts and the policies that affect them; and identifies challenges and provides recommendations for creating a more robust urban agriculture sector for our city. All types of food production, from backyard gardening to commercial farming, are considered.

Executive Summary
Purpose
Stemming from key strategies specified within the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, Homegrown Baltimore is an initiative of the City of Baltimore to increase the production, distribution, sales, and consumption of locally grown food within Baltimore. The City is highly committed to building a robust local food system that provides equitable access to healthy foods for all residents; supports Baltimore’s gardeners, farmers and businesses; promotes environmental sustainability; and utilizes vacant space productively.

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