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House, Senate Legislators Lay Groundwork for Urban Agriculture

Vegetable garden, 1890, by León Giran-Max, Cau Ferrat Museum.

“The number of farmers raising crops in our city is gradually and steadily increasing.”

By Teaganne Finn
Bloomberg BNA
Aug 23, 2017
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Excerpt:

Urban agriculture proponents are hoping two 2016 bills will be reintroduced this year, just in time to be added to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The bills have very different initiatives but similar goals, with hopes to create economic opportunity and show support for farmers and ranchers in urban areas. The separate bills were introduced in 2016 by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).

Stabenow introduced the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 in September of last year outlining a plan to establish an Office of Urban Agriculture within the Department of Agriculture and make urban agriculture activities eligible for funding from USDA programs. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

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August 24, 2017   Comments Off on House, Senate Legislators Lay Groundwork for Urban Agriculture

New York High-rise Garden Plots: Hippie Amenities With a High-End Twist

Garden construction in progress on the eighth floor deck of 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn. Credit Emon Hassan for The New York Times

In addition to the communal kitchen, there’s a 5,000-square-foot urban farm, a 20-hive apiary — both tended by live-in farmers/beekeepers — and a kombucha workshop planned for later this summer.

By Kim Velsey
New York Times
Aug. 18, 2017

Excerpt:

While such amenities might be aspirational for some, others are yearning to get their hands dirty. Christine Blackburn, an associate broker at Compass real estate, said that for a woman to whom she recently sold a condo at 144 North Eighth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the roof garden was the most important amenity.

“She didn’t care about the gym, she didn’t care about the garage,” Ms. Blackburn said. “They live in a $2 million condo, but for her to be able to grow tomatoes with her son, that was it.

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