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Petition: We need an urban agriculture plan, not a website, to grow more food and jobs in NYC!

Little boy with sack of vegetables from the community garden at the Casa Grande Valley Farms, Pinal County, Arizona. Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer, Created / Published 1940 Apr.

The revised Intro #1661-A is a completely different bill that we cannot support.

By Susan Chin
Design Trust for Public Space
Dec 8, 2017

A comprehensive urban agriculture plan is necessary for establishing an efficient citywide land use scheme for growing food. We need streamlined and effective regulation to expand and strengthen the City’s 900+ farms and gardens – the largest number of any U.S. city – but also better coordination integrating urban agriculture into existing plans, programs, and policy-making processes in city government, and for creating more transparent and participatory processes to enable gardeners and farmers to influence decision-making on urban agriculture. Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Denver have plans that have encouraged innovative land and space use, spurred job creation, refined food policy, and supported mission-based gardeners to expand their efforts – why not New York?

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Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Since late 2016, La Caverne/Cycloponics has grown vegetables in a 37,700-square-foot farm underneath the streets of Paris.

By Leanna Garfield
Business Insider
Dec 6, 2017

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It’s an underground farm by La Caverne/Cycloponics, a local indoor farming startup that harvests lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms in a space it calls la caverne (the cave).

The 10-person team calls its farm “the cave.” It’s located beneath a 300-unit affordable housing complex. The space was formerly an abandoned parking garage.

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