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US Representative Marcy Kaptur Introduces Bipartisan Urban Agriculture Production Act

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Kaptur helped kick off a capital campaign for the next phase of the successful Oneida Street greenhouse project in 2011. Young people learned urban agriculture techniques, aquaculture, apiary science, gardening, and life skills.

Bill bolsters USDA nutritional and farmers’ market programs and works to spur economic development

Press Release
September 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today introduced the Urban Agriculture Production Act (H.R. 3699), a bipartisan bill to bolster nutritional and farmers’ market programs and help create the next generation of local, urban farmers and food producers. The bill is supported by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Farmers Market Coalition.

“Too many urban neighborhoods are in food deserts that lack stores where people can purchase fresh, healthy foods, so the federal government needs to step up and improve access to nutritious foods,” said Kaptur. “Nutritious and healthy eating can reduce the rate of diabetes, hypertension and obesity related illnesses and my bill builds on successful nutritional programs, like the Seniors Farmers’ Market. As Congress readies to debate the Farm Bill, I’ll fight for programs that bolster farmers, develop our urban centers and help create jobs.”

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Urban farms, beacons of self-reliance, change the Buffalo landscape

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Mayda Pozantides takes a cover off of some vegetables at the Groundwork Market Garden on Genesee Street. This marks the first year the farm has yielded crops. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Eleven urban farms help lead the way in Buffalo. Several will be stops on the ninth annual GObike Buffalo Tour de Farms bicycling event next Saturday, Sept. 16.

By Scott Scanlon
Buffalo News
September 8, 2017

Excerpt:

Mayda Pozantides slings burgers two nights a week in an Allentown restaurant but her career aspirations involve something much more grounded.

She wants to be a full-time farmer in the City of Buffalo.

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Chrys Gardener works at Cornell Cooperative Extension organizing community garden projects

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Chrys Gardener, working with a volunteer (in orange) at the newly opened Esty Street Community Garden.
Photo by Casey Martin.

She picked the name Gardener as a sort of homage to the work that has so deeply influenced much of her adult life.

By Matt Butler
Ithaca Times
Sep 3, 2017

Excerpt:

Gardener loves a challenge, perhaps not all the ones she’s had to overcome, but as a whole she embraces them all the same. It fuels her current work, where things can’t get too monotonous: when a community project has shown it can operate viably, Gardener is usually able to hand it off and move on to the next one. And now, with visions of increasing food security for the city’s poorer sections, she’s handing off what she’s learned during her winding journey to today, teaching the crafts she honed over years out of passion at her heights, and necessity at her depths.

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