A Key Ingredient: Ag Friendly Land Use Policies
For this call we will hone in on one significant barrier to urban agriculture—land use and zoning regulations that make it difficult, if not impossible, to grow food in urban places. We’ll highlight ways several cities have addressed these problems with new supportive policies. If you are currently funding or interested in supporting urban agriculture, improved access to healthy and fresh food, and equitable and fair communities, you will want to join this call. We can’t grow urban agriculture if farmers and gardeners can’t grow food on the land.
Walker Wells from Global Green, will explain how existing city statutes and policies often get in the way of our vibrant and growing urban farming movement. Drawing upon research conducted for the City of Youngstown, Ohio, Walker will share some of the innovative zoning and land use policies in place in cities across the country, and recommend strategies for creating urban agriculture zoning ordinances.
John Mitterholzer from the George Gund Foundation will describe the extensive steps taken in Cleveland moving from a city thatprioritized development over community gardens to one that embraces all variety of urban agriculture and local food development. John will speak directly to the important role that partnerships played in setting early precedent, the momentum created with each consecutive policy win despite varied challenges, and the many ways that foundations can help support these efforts.