Category — Policy
Municipalities, nonprofit organizations and other government entities are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000
The Associated Press
March 1, 2014
BOSTON — Massachusetts has launched a new $200,000 pilot project to encourage the farming in cities across the state.
Grants have been awarded this week to food-growing projects in Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester.
March 9, 2014 No Comments
Democracy needs gardeners! My liberating DIY revolution
By Megan Mayhew Bergman
Mar 2, 2014
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of the story collection “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”
When my husband and I first moved to our house in downtown Raleigh, N.C., nine years ago, we were fascinated by the empty lot between our 1890s Victorian and the neighbor’s bungalow. “That’s where the victory garden used to be,” my neighbors said, pointing to a slightly shaded quarter of an acre. This garden existed, of course, before the Krispy Kreme was built and the drunks used to sip 40s and eat glazed doughnuts behind our fence.
March 8, 2014 No Comments
Marijuana growers would not get a local tax exemption for farmers and agriculture in a proposal by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
By Bob Young
The Seattle Times
Feb 18, 2014
By eliminating the farming exemption, marijuana growers would pay the tax of .215 percent on sales of their marijuana to processors or retailers.
If a grower sold $1 million of marijuana, that would amount to $2,150 in tax revenue for the city.
March 2, 2014 No Comments
The report indicated high levels of support for urban agriculture initiatives on public lands and City-owned spaces, and lower levels of support for initiatives on private property.
By Sara Wilson
Airdrie City View
Feb 20, 2014
Residential support for City-operated community gardens came in at 94.3 per cent in favour, rooftop gardens received 88.6 per cent support, edible landscaping garnered 85 per cent approval rating and beehives on public lands received 57.9 per cent approval. The report indicated residents support for private/backyards were slightly lower at 81.6 per cent for front yard edible gardens, backyard hens received less support at 57.1 per cent and backyard bees just garnering 50.7 per cent support.
February 27, 2014 No Comments
Menu a tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden
By Tim Carman
Feb 14, 2014
The exception was the second course, a winter garden salad featuring petite mixed radishes, baby carrots and merlot lettuce. The early menu described it as a “tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden,” an indirect nod that made sense given that vegetable gardens tend to go dormant when the ground turns cold and hard. The description did not specifically say where the ingredients were sourced.
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Three Worcester Polytechnic Institute students also did a survey/inventory of Worcester’s land use and identified 337 vacant parcels totaling more than 2,500 acres.
By Nick Kotsopoulos
Jan 31, 2014
Mayor Joseph M. Petty is pushing for an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance that would allow urban farmers to grow food for commercial purposes in areas zoned for manufacturing and industrial uses.
Mr. Petty said he would like to see city planners and local community agencies collaborate in creating an urban agriculture zoning ordinance similar to one that was recently established in Boston.
That ordinance, known as Article 89, allows urban farmers to grow food for commercial purposes in much of Boston, whether it be in soil, in water, on rooftops or even in shipping containers.
February 14, 2014 Comments Off
Each year the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) picks a theme that deserves more attention and devotes a year to knowledge sharing and advocacy about this theme
By Marisol Pierce-Quinonez
Jan 15, 2014
While family farms have persisted through the ages, urban farms often pop up in under-utilized spaces within the city, only to vanish when a more profitable use is found. Despite the dissimilar time frame, there are many similarities between the value of family farmers and urban farmers. Urban farmers in the developing world cultivate land to improve household food security, to earn extra income, to provide ecosystem services, and are a source of resilience in the face of economic and environmental uncertainty.
February 9, 2014 Comments Off
Photo by Remi Kahane, taken in October 2011 in Maputo green belt, Mozambique. These often flooded areas are not only food productive, but have also a social role, employing people, stimulating exchanges and discussions, where issues on environment, practices and nutrition can be addressed in common. Click on image for larger version.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City also allocated around 30,000US$ for a rooftop garden programme
Update # 20
International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Excerpts from RUAF Update:
Integrating urban agriculture in city climate change strategies
As part of this joint UN Habitat-RUAF project, a policy workshop on “Rooftop gardening as an environmental and climate change strategy” was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal December 19, 2013. The workshop counted with participation of local policy makers, NGOs, research organisations, RUAF and UN Habitat Nepal. A draft rooftop gardening policy was discussed and submitted in January 2014 to a municipal council meeting for approval. Kathmandu Metropolitan City also allocated around 30,000US$ for a rooftop garden programme for the upcoming fiscal year 2014/2015.
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Excluding farms with fewer than 50 animals from Right to Farm protection
By Michigan Radio Newsroom
Jan 21, 2014
Many small and urban farms could lose the protection of Michigan’s Right to Farm Act.
The Act protects farmers against nuisance lawsuits if they follow Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPS).
January 30, 2014 Comments Off
Rosie Boycott is the Chair of the London Food Board, working for the Mayor, Boris Johnson.
By Rob Hopkins
Jan 27, 2014
What would you see now as being the next step up in terms of urban agriculture in London? Does in require land reform?
One is what I alluded to – we will have lots of small businesses that are already happening. That’s great and we’ve got lots of projects afoot to encourage that and to increase the take-up of stuff.
The other big side of that is we’re now going to look at the outer boroughs where you’ve got much more land, and really start to see what we can do with more land in the sense of can we really start really serious urban peri-farming, which I absolutely think we can do – to get people on to 20 acres, 30 acres, that sort of size or more.
January 29, 2014 Comments Off
January 18, 2014
HCM CITY (VNS) — The agricultural sector will strive to maintain growth of over 6 per cent in agro-forestry and fisheries production this year, according to the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Speaking at a meeting in HCM City this week, the department’s director Nguyen Phuoc Trung said: “Despite facing many difficulties, the city’s agro-forestry and fisheries sectors grew by 6.1 per cent last year, which was 2.07 times higher than the country’s average figure.”
January 26, 2014 Comments Off
Facilitating outcomes: multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policy change on urban agriculture in selected West African and South Asian cities.
Three cities in West Africa (Accra [Ghana]; Freetown [Sierra Leone]; and Ibadan [Nigeria]) and two cities in South Asia (Gampaha [Sri Lanka] and Magadi [Karnataka, India]
By Amerasinghe, P.; Cofie, O. O.; Larbi, T. O.; Drechsel, P. 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 34p.
(IWMI Research Report 153)
The Multi-stakeholder Policy Formulation and Action Planning approach was applied in the context of a multi-city study to influence and/or change policies that govern urban agriculture practices in three African and two Asian countries. Although the approach was successful and resulted in remarkable outcomes, it showed space for improvement to facilitate its application. The study also showed that there are significant regional differences in how best to achieve policy change, which require careful attention in order to achieve the highest returns on investment in the facilitation of impact pathways.
January 26, 2014 Comments Off
The Urban Agriculture Program will oversee all activities related to growing food in The City. The agency was created after a SPUR report criticized The City’s patchwork system. Photo by Mike Koozmin.
Counties and cities must pass ordinances and resolutions to create urban agriculture incentive zones, something Chiu said his office is pushing.
By Jessica Kwong
Jan 16, 2014
The Urban Agriculture Program announced by the Recreation and Park Department on Wednesday will coordinate all activities related to urban agriculture, which at its most basic level entails growing food within a city.
More than 36 community gardens the department manages, as well as new urban agriculture resource centers and the application and waitlist processes for new projects, will fall under the responsibility of a forthcoming urban agriculture program coordinator.
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A Gert Town garden is one of many that have sprouted under the banner of Parkway Partners. Photo by Spencer Thayer.
For instance, under the new rules it would be illegal to own more than six chickens per residential lot.
By Tegan Jones
The Lens – New Orleans
January 8, 2014
But even as it seems that New Orleans is poised to become an urban farming hotspot, new zoning regulations have taken aim at residential gardeners’ rights. The new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) currently under review would make it costly or illegal to use a neighborhood’s natural resources to improve its economic position.
For instance, under the new CZO it would be illegal to own more than six chickens per residential lot. While this may seem reasonable for a homeowner with a coop in the backyard, the rules make less sense when applied to a lot that has become a communal farming space. The new regulations would also make it harder to sell eggs and produce harvested on residential land.
January 22, 2014 Comments Off
The statewide legislation would ensure an individual’s right to grow and raise one’s own food.
By Cynthia Salaysay
East Bay Express
Jan 8, 2014
The Sustainable Economies Legal Center, the Berkeley-based group that helped draft and pass the California Homemade Food Act a little more than a year ago, has set its sights this year on protecting the right to grow or raise one’s own food. The legislation would require local governments to allow for the cultivation and sale of garden-grown produce — fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. The bill comes in response to a problem that many cities have in updating their zoning laws to allow for urban agriculture.
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