If you could name your own city-wide Day of Appreciation, what would it be? Cupcake Day? Pajamas-to-Work Day?
While you’re mulling that over, I’ll tell you what the Mayor of Boston chose when given the opportunity: drum roll . . . Urban Agriculture Day! After getting his hands dirty at a ribbon-cutting event for Boston’s first urban farm allowed under the city’s new urban agriculture zoning article, Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed July 11 as Urban Agriculture Day.
Mayor Walsh’s official Urban Agriculture Day Proclamation touts the importance of urban farms and urban agriculture entrepreneurs to Boston:
“Urban agriculture improves access to fresh, local food within the city limits of Boston, reducing the distance food travels from farm to table, strengthening community, and developing neighborhood and city-wide resiliency. Urban agriculture entrepreneurs fortify the human, environmental, and community health of their neighborhoods, all while creating local, sustainable jobs.”
The proclamation also acknowledged several local organizations that play a key role in supporting urban agriculture in Boston. CLF was among those organizations, getting a special shout out for its newly launched Legal Services Food Hub – a pro bono legal services clearinghouse where farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations are matched with attorneys to assist with transactional matters. Thanks to the Mayor for this recognition!
And in case you just can’t wait until next July 11 to celebrate urban agriculture and local food generally, consider signing up to get one of these flashy new Choose Fresh and Local Massachusetts license plates so you can celebrate local food every day!