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Grant titled “Sustainable Growth of Urban Agriculture in Metropolitan Flint”

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Since it’s inception in 2009, edible flint has supported Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food in order to reconnect with the land and each other, supporting 826 food gardens in the city.

By Terry McLean
Michigan State University Extension
April 5, 2016

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Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) will help edible flint and other collaborating partners who have identified these concrete steps for mitigating potential risks associated with the use of City of Flint water supply for crop and garden irrigation develop a short-term strategy to focus risk reduction efforts in 2016. MIFFS will also help the group identify mid, and long-term options for transitioning from the initial response to a sustainable recovery program that increases local food production capacity in the Flint region.

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LA County to Give Tax Relief for Urban Farmers

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When adopted, it will clear the way for any of the 88 cities within Los Angeles County to adopt similar ordinances.

By Paige Austin
The Patch
April 5, 2016

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The Board of Supervisors voted today to offer tax relief to urban farmers, in a bid to get more healthy food into communities often characterized as “food deserts.”

Regional planners proposed reducing property taxes by up to $15,000 for owners who convert urban lots to agricultural use in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

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New Port Richey, Florida, council okays urban agriculture ordinance

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New Port Richey residents Sylvia Spencer, 41, and her son, Houston, 13, plant broccoli and kale seedlings in their plot at Grand Gardens in New Port Richey. Photo Michelle Miller.

The new ordinance takes it a step further by permitting the sale of produce from local gardens that are established in residential, commercial and industrial zones.

By Robert Napper,
Tampa Bay Times
April 6, 2016

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The sale of produce in residential areas, however, would have some restrictions, including only being able to hold sales once every six months from a particular location. The “garage sales” would require a permit that would expire after 72 hours.

The ordinance also mandates that indoor growing operations could only be conducted in light industrial areas in the city. Urban agriculture would not be allowed in mobile home parks, and the raising of livestock would be banned throughout the city.

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