Even as we mourn the lives lost to COVID-19 and absorb the heavy toll it has taken on our economy, we must recognize that the old “normal” left too many communities unhealthy and especially vulnerable to the pandemic. Replicating that old “normal” will squander an opportunity to reduce climate danger while building healthier and more just communities for all.
Providing more access to land for farming in our cities will help accelerate urban agriculture and support low-income, people of color, immigrant, and New American farmers in search of land on which to grow.
When combined with traditional local agriculture, urban agriculture provides a unique opportunity to build and strengthen a robust local food system. This is especially true here in New England, where interest in local food is booming, but easy and affordable access to it is still limited, especially for low-income urban residents.
As Director of Agriculture and Environment for Nuestras Raíces, a Holyoke-based community organization, Rafael Herrero is overseeing an ambitious effort to train 100 new farmers in earth-friendly practices over the next two years.
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…
Calling business-savvy green thumbs to Boston! Just before leaving office, former Mayor Menino approved a new Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance, known as Article 89, which allows urban farmers to grow food for commercial purposes in much of Boston—be it in soil, in water, on rooftops, or even in modified shipping containers! The three-year effort to…
The existing zoning code in the City of Boston is about to undergo a momentous makeover: farming will become a permissible use of land in Boston. Urban agriculture will provide improved access to healthy food in Boston. It will also allow environmentally sustainable economic growth by reducing carbon emissions and transportation costs through closing the…
Answer: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatens to treat both of them the same under its proposed food safety rules. The proposed regulations could force thousands of small farms across the country to comply with expensive and environmentally damaging standards meant for industrial-scale operations. The rules could also ensnare flourishing urban farms and gardens…
In recent years, chickens have come home to roost in backyards across the country. While the numbers are hard to document, cities and towns all over the U.S. are taking up the issue and modifying their laws to allow backyard chickens. Nearly every week in the news, a story appears reporting another town or city considering amendments to local laws that would allow backyard chickens. However, in 2012 an outbreak of salmonella that was traced back to several backyard flocks, made at least one NPR blogger wary of the recent trend – dubbing backyard chickens “cute, trendy spreaders of salmonella.”
Vermont is known for its thriving bucolic landscapes, but even in downtown Burlington many people have dirt beneath their fingernails. The Conservation Law Foundation has long supported agriculture in Vermont by helping farmers understand the legal landscape and find funding to grow their operations. More recently, CLF has been playing a significant role in urban…