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What Would Make Urban Agriculture in New York City More Equitable?

Last year, City Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced a bill that would have set up a comprehensive plan, calling for in-depth analysis of potential spaces, zoning laws, and building codes, as well as the expansion of the availability of healthy food in low-income neighborhoods. The law the council ended up passing, however, was barely a shadow of the original proposal. It required the city simply to create an “urban agriculture website.”

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THE POLITICS OF NYC’S URBAN FARMING: THE CITY NOTICES URBAN AGRICULTURE

On December 11th, 2017, the New York City Council unanimously passed the city’s first-ever urban agriculture policy bill - Int. No. 1661-A. The bill calls for a digital network that would collect information about urban agriculture across the five boroughs through a website. The goal of the bill is to create a comprehensive database of existing urban agriculture organizations and businesses and provide guidance to those who are interested in becoming involved in urban farming. 

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CONGRESSIONAL URBAN AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION ACT COULD HELP ELIMINATE URBAN FOOD DESERTS AND STRENGTHEN URBAN AG

To date, little has been done at the federal level to help bolster urban agriculture in cities across the US. But with agriculture currently on the agenda as the next Farm Bill reauthorization quickly approaches, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) introduced the Urban Agriculture Production Act in September. This bipartisan bill aims to support nutritional and farmers’ market programs and help create the next generation of local, urban farmers and food producers. 

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How Brooklyn Is Working Toward a Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan

A new piece of legislation in the City Council aims to transform the ad hoc nature of rooftop farms, schoolyard plots and community gardens into a comprehensive urban agriculture plan for the city. 

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Urban Ag Matters in NYC

Did you know that New York City is developing a new comprehensive urban agriculture plan? 🌱 Show your support for urban agriculture in NYC by telling City Council that #UrbanAgMatters! Share this flyer and use the hashtag. 👉🏽 Visit www.agtech-x.com/1661 today to learn what else you can do to help make it easier for new and existing urban farms to get established and grow. 🗣 Speak up for the way you want urban agriculture to develop in NYC by attending the public hearing on October 26th.

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