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NewYork City: A Local Law to Develop A Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan

New York Councilmember Rafael Espinal (the Bill’s sponsor) with Democratic Primary Candidate Bernie Sanders. Photo Courtesy of Rafael Espinal.

This bill (1661) would require the Department of City Planning to develop a comprehensive urban agriculture plan that addresses land use policy and other issues to promote the expansion of urban agriculture in the City. The Department would be required to deliver such plan to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council by July 1, 2018.

Rafael Espinal of the 37th District, and David Greenfield of the 44th District
2017

Excerpt:

a. The department of city planning, in cooperation with relevant agencies and stakeholders, including but not limited to food policy educators, representatives from community gardens and urban farming businesses, shall prepare a comprehensive urban agriculture plan. Such comprehensive urban agriculture plan shall address, but not be limited to, the following issues related to urban agriculture:

(i) cataloguing existing and potential urban agriculture spaces,

(ii) classification and prioritization of urban agriculture uses,

(iii) potential land use policies to promote the expansion of agricultural uses in the city,

(iv) an analysis of those portions of the zoning resolution, building code, and fire code that merit reconsideration to promote urban agriculture,

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Dubai: An Urban Farming Club

The Sustainable City residents are encouraged to grow their own vegetablesImage Credit: XPRESS/Clint Egbert

The 500-villa development located next to Dubai Studio City is a shining example of reducing ecological footprint, protecting the environment and increasing community wellbeing.

By Anjana Kumar
Gulf News
Oct 24, 2017

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As part of the newly-launched Urban Farming Club, residents are given raised garden beds to grow their own herbs, veggies and fruits. “The idea is to make agriculture an integral part of urban life. We just need to pay Dh100 for the garden bed,” said Michael Solvsten who lives here.

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Singapore: Two new community garden trails open in Teck Ghee, Bukit Gombak-Hong Kah Nort

There are more than 1,300 community gardens in Singapore, with the first trail in Bukit Panjang opening in 2015.

By Seow Bei Yi
Straits Times
Oct 24, 2017

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Two new community garden trails were launched on Tuesday (Oct 24) to allow people to learn more about gardening and meet those who do so in their area.

The new trails, in Bukit Gombak-Hong Kah North and Teck Ghee, bring the total number of such trails to five, said the National Parks Board (NParks) in unveiling the new routes.

The 6km Teck Ghee trail runs through 12 community gardens, including those growing squashes, bitter gourds and tropical fruits.

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