Category — Policy
Venice Williams shows some of the peppers grown at Alice’s Garden, a community garden in Milwaukee that serves as an incubator for food businesses. Williams hopes to acquire land to expand through a new program in which the city will turn over tax foreclosed properties for as little as $100 to people who want to grow gardens, create parks and establish food-related businesses. Photo by Associated Press.
Milwaukee selling tax-foreclosed properties at low cost for food promise
By M. L. Johnson
Nov 26, 2013
But the most attention-grabbing part of Milwaukee’s plan is selling tax-foreclosed properties, perhaps for as little as $100, to people who promise to produce food. The goal is to create radical change by focusing resources — at least initially — on one neighborhood, and to have residents lead the way. In other words, they want to make it “Home GR/Own.”
The seeds have been planted in Lindsey Heights, a neighborhood just northwest of downtown. Adams’ home is less than three miles from City Hall, but economically, the areas are worlds apart. The median household income here is $22,838, half that of downtown, and the unemployment rate is six times higher at nearly 24 percent, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
Urban farming ordinance would help community
Nov 26, 2013
“We’re in the geographical center of the city,” said Don Bennett, director of Tricycle Farms.
When Bennett bought his modest 2-acre plot about two years ago it wasn’t to turn a profit.
“This all started with me and a friend who was experiencing food insecurity,” he said.
December 3, 2013 No Comments
The final step in the adoption of Article 89 is a public hearing before the Boston Zoning Commission, set for Dec. 11.
By Haley Hamilton
Boston Globe Correspondent
Nov 19, 2013
Article 89 is the product of a series of community meetings and deliberations held by the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group, a committee of 22 farmers, farming advocates, experts from different sectors of the food industry, and neighborhood representatives who came together to discuss the best way to approach Boston’s dearth of farming legislation.
Before this, “there just wasn’t anything” regulating and supporting urban farming, said Danielle Andrews, a member of the working group and the community food coordinator and manager of the Dudley Greenhouse.
November 28, 2013 No Comments
Fiore plans to go to a council committee meeting next month that will include a discussion about urban farming.
By Kameel Stanley
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 27, 2013
Winston Fiore and his girlfriend, Rachel Auer, haven’t mowed their lawn in months.
That’s a job for Shelby and Gabby.
Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep, and Gabby, a Nigerian dwarf goat, love munching on grass. Their owners love not having to use a machine to manicure their lot. The neighbors — especially the neighborhood kids — are equally enamored of the miniature breeds.
The city codes department? Not so much.
November 27, 2013 No Comments
Of the approximately 192 community gardens in Minneapolis, 70% percent are food-producing.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
Minneapolis boasts an extensive network of non-profit groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and individual residents that support the city’s well-established urban agriculture community. Within the last several years, initiatives including Homegrown Minneapolis and the City’s adoption of an Urban Agriculture Policy Plan have expanded the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, consume and compost more healthy, sustainable and local foods. As Policy Plan implementation continues and trends for urban agriculture activities evolve, citywide efforts of this type have helped residents and policymakers develop consensus about the topic of urban agriculture and related food system goals.
November 26, 2013 No Comments
Farm Advocates Push to Shape Minneapolis’ Food Systems—and Future
By Jon Collins
Nov. 25, 2013
“One of the most contentious things at the City Council was this notion that the city development and urban agriculture were at odds with each other,” Cioffi said. “Our argument was that it’s not either business and housing or urban agriculture—it’s both.”
Cioffi said policy makers need to see past the warm fuzzies of urban agriculture, and start taking it seriously as an alternative form of economic and social development:
November 26, 2013 No Comments
After two years of study, the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday approved a new ordinance that better defines and regulates farmers’ markets, community gardens and other aspects of urban agriculture.
By Frederick Melo
Nov 11, 2013
Urban growers generally have embraced the rule changes, with a few exceptions. Among the most controversial considerations, growers will be allowed to sell products from agricultural lots in residential areas three times a year. Some growers had pushed for the right to sell at least once or twice a week.
Growers also expressed concern about being forced to apply for building permits to erect temporary structures, such as small “hoop houses” that allow farmers to extend their growing season. The hoop houses, which might cost $1,000 or so to assemble, are generally dismantled each season, and adding annual permit fees to their costs struck growers as excessive.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
Information and Resource Guide
International Labour Office
(Must see. Mike)
Globally, and especially in developing countries with rapidly urbanizing populations, agriculture in towns and cities and their peri-urban fringe areas is expanding. It is increasingly gaining in significance in terms of poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, income generation, employment (especially of women and young people), small-scale business growth, local production and consumption, greening of cities, green jobs, waste management, and tackling climate change. It is estimated that between 15 and 20 per cent of the food consumed in the world is produced in cities and their peri-urban fringes, although there is a lack of accurate data. Urban and peri-urban agriculture can produce fresh food including vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk and dairy products, meat, and fish; at hand, and at affordable prices.
November 21, 2013 Comments Off
Front yard gardened for 17 years – now face fines of $50 per day
By Joey Flechas
Nov 19, 2013
For retired architect Hermine Ricketts, plotting out her prized vegetable garden — with its okra, kale, lettuce, onions and a dozen or more varieties of Asian cabbage — was a labor of love.
But Miami Shores village leaders, unhappy with Ricketts green thumb, ordered her and husband Tom Carroll to dig up the bounty they have been growing for the past 17 years in their front yard — or face fines of $50 a day. A front yard garden violates a zoning ordinance, village officials say.
November 20, 2013 Comments Off
It confounds me why urban rooftop farming projects are not taking hold in our beautiful city, and are not catching the eye of necessary angel, seed and crowdfunding sources.
By Kristin McArdle
So, if public policy isn’t behind this movement, what is the case for local San Francisco and further, national policy changes to create incentives for realizing the benefits of urban rooftop agriculture, and why does this matter? The case has been clearly outlined and articulated by climate change and agricultural experts; the confluence of climate change impacts, population growth, land use changes (specifically the loss of arable agricultural land), and the contributing impact of our current agricultural system towards the climate change epidemic make a case for an increased focus and the proliferation of urban rooftop agriculture.
November 17, 2013 Comments Off
‘Consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill’
The Scottish Government
Riaghaltas na h-Alba
November 06, 2013
This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals intended to give people in communities, and those supporting them in the public sector, a range of new ways to help deliver a better Scotland.
Chapter 4 – Excerpt from Allotments section:
Local Authority Duty to Provide Allotments
173. Under existing legislation, where the local authority considers there to be a demand for allotments in their area, it is under a duty to acquire any suitable land for the purpose of letting as allotments. We intend to retain a similar duty which is set out in this section. Respondents to the Allotments consultation indicated that provision of allotments by the local authority should be linked to and triggered by demand.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
Please make sure your district is counted by accessing the USDA Farm to School Census results online. USDA will be accepting additional submissions to the Census through November 30, 2013
By Deborah Kane,
National Director, USDA Farm to School Program
November 5, 2013
They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.
FoodCorps is a national service organization that places emerging leaders in schools across the country to teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
2013 Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest welcomes 24 children
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 31, 2013
The White House – First Lady Michelle Obama late on Wednesday afternoon welcomed 24 children invited from elementary schools in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a harvest party in her Kitchen Garden. Special guests of honor were Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, who monitored the action from atop bales of hay placed behind a bed of broccoli.
Muppets in the garden are a first for the Mrs. Obama. The furry creatures are the newest members of the Let’s Move! family, thanks to a new produce marketing collaboration the First Lady announced before hitting the crop rows to work.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud reckons we could use 30% of urban parkland for communal food production. Maybe, but it’s not necessary and the price we’d pay would be too high
By Alan Davies
Oct 28, 2013
If urban parkland were to be the sort of serious food source envisaged by Mr McCloud there’d inevitably be pressure for fencing, fertilisers, machines, trucks, and night-time operation. Maintaining the amenity of residents and providing reliable and economic water supply would add to costs and make it difficult to be competitive compared to non-urban locations.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
Can one of America’s poorest cities pull off a resurgence through urban agriculture and local food?
By Michael J. Coren
Oct 18, 2013
When the foreclosure crisis hit Milwaukee, the city was already reeling from the loss of 70,000 manufacturing jobs and a poverty rate that pushed 30 percent. Yet an opportunity emerged when the financial crisis met the local food movement.
As head of the Home Gr/own initiative, Tim McCollow, a city government program manager, is turning Milwaukee’s thousands of vacant lots and idled citizens into a source of food and jobs.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off