Category — Policy
What is the “trend” here? Are we likely to see barns and silos dotting our cityscapes? No, that is hardly the point. What is important—and trending—is the new vision that has urban land as that most precious and flexible of resources. The idea that the end of one productive use of a real estate asset spells the extinction of value and the sunsetting of opportunity is an idea whose time is over.
Author: Hugh F. Kelly
Christopher J. Potter, PwC, Canada, Miriam Gurza, PwC, Canada, Frank Magliocco, PwC, Canada
Study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Urban Land Insitute (ULI)
(Must See. Mike!)
7. Food Is Getting Bigger and Closer
This may be the ultimate in niche property types: adaptive use with a vengeance (or at least with veggies).
The classic theory of urban places relegates agriculture to the hinterlands, as virtually every kind of vertical construction has superior “highest-and-best-use” characteristics, bringing greater investment returns to land value than growing food. This is absolutely true in most cases. But there are places in more cities than we might imagine where neighborhood land is cheap or older buildings sit idle, and where median incomes are low and the need for fresh food is high. Some are the “hollowed out” areas of Detroit as well as Camden and Newark, New Jersey. But there is a surprisingly significant level of activity in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., where “foodies” of all generations abound.
November 23, 2015 No Comments
The Encinitas agriculture subcommittee has reversed course and is now advocating for maintaining the current distance chicken coops and goat pens must be kept from neighboring homes.
By Jared Whitlock
Nov. 15, 2015
Proponents of the agriculture ordinance have said it would encourage a new crop of farmers and keep the city’s agricultural heritage alive. Opponents argued the subcommittee’s prior livestock rules would have created noise and sanitation issues.
The ordinance previously called for allowing up to 15 chickens in residential areas without permitting if the coop is at least 15 feet from surrounding properties.
November 22, 2015 No Comments
Not so smart is a strategy that suggests people who oppose or question the foundational concepts of urban agriculture need to be “educated.”
Nov 7, 2015
Fargo-Moorhead’s budding love affair with something called “urban agriculture” could be a very positive development for the metro, or it could be a means by which neighbors give neighbors the bird. If considered carefully and applied rationally – that is, without elitism masquerading as a phony we-know-what’s-good-for-you idyll – F-M’s iteration of urban ag could enhance living in the cities.
November 14, 2015 No Comments
The heir to the throne, who is himself a farmer, says it is easy for those who live in urban areas to forget how much the UK depends on those who have farmed the land for generations.
By Rebecca English
Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail
10 November 2015
‘Regardless of which member or members of the family are actively involved in running the farm, their husbands, wives, partners and children help to keep alive schools, shops, pubs, transport, local entertainment, charities and all the other services that rural society needs if it is to thrive.
‘Small farms tend to be the repositories of vital genetic diversity through the breeding of pedigree and native breeds of livestock, and heritage varieties of vegetables, cereals and fruit.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on Prince Charles calls on city dwellers to support the ‘invisible’ farming industry
Fresh: Edmonton’s food and urban agriculture strategy.
Removing barriers and creating opportunities for residents to cultivate and process food in urban areas encourages local economic development, and will help make Edmonton a more environmentally sustainable and resilient city.
City of Edmonton
The approved amendments include:
Establishing three new land use classes – Urban Outdoor Farms, Urban Indoor Farms, and Urban Gardens. These new land use classes officially create a place for urban agriculture and distinguish it from related activities, such as conventional farming, greenhouses, plant nurseries and garden centres.
Ensuring the proper regulations and standards are in place for the design, maintenance and operation of urban agriculture activities. This includes development regulation considerations to ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses, and minimize potential nuisance factors on neighbouring properties in residential areas.
November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Edmonton’s City Council allows for more urban agriculture city starting in February 2016
Pictured is the Woodland Community Garden. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
The simple act of food growing resonates in so many positive ways: improving neighbourhood safety, building links between generations and cultures, making people healthier and happier, relieving poverty, beautifying brownfield sites, educating kids about where their food comes from, improving diets and animating underused park lands and recycling organic waste.
By Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, a weekly newspaper he co-founded.
Nov 1, 2015
At David Thompson Secondary School, Fresh Roots, a non-profit organization, staged what I consider the consummate food-growing coalition, more than living up to its mission to “create thriving neighbourhood gathering places for learning, sharing, and connecting.” Coordinated by the ebullient Ilana Labow, they turned part of the school ground into a professionally-managed educational farm by engaging the students, teachers, grounds staff, parents and neighbours.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Former Vancouver city councillor: Growing food in public places brings people together
Community groups and for-profit organizations eager to launch urban agriculture projects have two new gardening tools — a freshly amended zoning bylaw and an interactive map of available land in Edmonton.
By Liane Faulder
October 27, 2015
The interactive map, in essence an inventory of vacant lots, gives farmers like Cathryn Sprague and Ryan Mason of Reclaim Urban Farm key information necessary to expand their small, city farm, launched in 2014.
“It’s a good research tool for sure,” says Sprague, of the new interactive map. “That’s one of the challenges to urban agriculture; you see these great spaces and you don’t know who owns them.”
November 1, 2015 Comments Off on The City of Edmonton bylaw changes streamline the administration of urban agriculture
Mayor says: “I see urban agriculture as a growing part of our economic and food landscape. I don’t know that it will ever be the silver bullet for food production or for economic development but it’s another tool in the toolbox. People in our urban cores require healthy options for food, and urban farms and farmers markets are one way to address these inequalities.”
By Cyrus Moulton
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Oct. 24, 2015
“There have been a lot of people who have been very excited about farming and having an opportunity to farm in Worcester, to raise chickens, etc.” Mr. Novick said. “Now we have a spot in the city which is exempt from the laws that hold people back, and if we can work with folks, we can make a place where that is available.”
It’s an effort that has the support of several groups involved with farming in Worcester, including the mayor’s office and the Planning Department, which is working on a project to amend the zoning code to allow for commercial agriculture in the city.
October 31, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture at Donker Farm in Worcester, Massachusetts will help change zoning code
Residents of Kiambu county urged to convert their backyards to money generating areas by embracing vertical agriculture. They have also been advised to consider sack farming. [Photo/www.amshaafrica.org]
“My family has never gone hungry. I have now started a green grocery business which has expanded the market for my vertical gardens produce.”
By Krysty Wandy
Kiambu County News
20 Oct 2015
The Sub-County agribusiness officer Ms. Tabitha Gicheru said in her office today that people can earn income by growing vegetables on vertical gardens in homes and backyards where ground space is limited. She said that vertical gardens are ideal for people living in urban areas including those living in rental apartments. Terming it as a solution to food shortage, the agribusiness officer also urged people in urban areas to practice urban farming.
‘‘Vertical gardens are a form of urban farming. I want to encourage people to engage in urban farming because this is one way through which they can earn an extra money while enhancing food security at the same time,’’ said Gicheru.
October 28, 2015 Comments Off on Residents of Kiambu County, Kenya urged to embrace urban farming
‘Acres’ app aims to create a marketplace for farmland.
‘Farm Stand’ creates a crop list from each stand that updates as items become available or sell out.
By Kayla Nick-Kearney
October 23, 2015
The city is unveiling two new apps that officials hope will help citizens connect with local agriculture: Acres, which uses an algorithm to identify areas where urban farmers could lease land, came out earlier this month. Farm Stand, which lets users view what each urban farmstand is selling, will be released in mid-November.
The apps were created by three fellows in the Code for America program, which posts civic-minded developers in cities across the country for one year to find ways technology can promote efficiency in government. The West Sacramento fellows spent the first few months of their term speaking to citizens, grocers and food distributors to determine how to help residents better access local food.
October 25, 2015 Comments Off on West Sacramento is using technology to cultivate more interest in urban farming.
Cambardella holds dual Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Design
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Mario Cambardella has been named Urban Agriculture Director and will join the administration on December 3, 2015. His appointment, a first for the City of Atlanta, will support Atlanta’s efforts to become a top tier city in the U.S. for sustainability.
In his role, Cambardella will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture, including policy development and facilitating the conversion of brownfields into urban gardens.
October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Mario Cambardella as City’s First Urban Agriculture Director
Tabitha Mwiwawi waters some of the vegetables she grows on her rooftop in Mombasa. Photo | Brian Wachira, Nation Media Group. See ‘My Rooftop is a Vegetable Garden’.
Mombasa County has so far introduced fish farming through the use of 40-foot containers as pounds which are run by youth groups.
By Patrick Beja
October 14th 2015
Mombasa county assembly has adopted a resolution urging the county government to promote urban farming to enable residents to supplement incomes and combat shortage.
A motion tabled by county assembly deputy speaker Mswabah Rashid called for the establishment of smallholder model farms in the country’s second largest city.
October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Mombasa, Kenya passes resolution to promote urban farming
Sparks residents will officially be allowed to raise chickens and bees in particular zones of the city for single family, multi-family and mixed-use developments with proper permitting.
By Chanelle Bessette
Oct 12, 2015
For chickens, the following standards were officially enacted:
Roosters are prohibited.
Slaughtering of chickens on site is prohibited.
The keeping of chickens is limited based on parcel size, with the maximum number of 16 chickens allowed on properties 10,000 square feet and greater.
Chickens shall be restricted from accessing the front yard.
October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Bill passes for urban agriculture in Sparks, Nevada
The Pact and Framework for Action including 37 provisions for cities to adopt, and a selection of good practices related to the Pact submitted by cities from around the world.
By Thomas Forster, Florence Egal, Henk Renting, Marielle Dubbeling, Arthur Getz Escude
Excerpt from Table of Contents:
Food Production Including Urban Rural Linkages
Daegu – Mitigating Climate Change Through Urban Agriculture
Quito: Participatory Urban Agriculture (Agrupar) Programme
Amsterdam – Mapping Urban Agriculture Initiatives And Possible Locations For Newcomers
Greater Toronto Region – Golden Horseshoe Food And Farming Alliance And Foodstarter (Food Production)
October 21, 2015 Comments Off on E-book: Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Selected Good Practice from Cities
The agreement envisages innovative solutions such as the increase in small-scale urban and peri-urban agriculture that can produce food which helps to diversify and foster healthier diets of families and households living in cities.
By Marzia De Giuli
Oct 16, 2015
Beijing, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Chicago, Chongqing, Dubai, Guangzhou, Johannesburg, Kyoto, London, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Valencia and Vancouver were among the signer cities.
“Cities have a key role to play in ending hunger and improving nutrition,” United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said addressing the summit. Rome-based FAO provided technical assistance to the agreement’s development.
October 16, 2015 Comments Off on Over 100 cities commit to make food systems in urban areas more sustainable