Urban Farming Gets Real

This from American Farmland Trust:

The federal government and a slew of states are pursuing ways to not only officially recognize urban agriculture, but also to allow and promote urban farming activities. The Greening Food Deserts Act would create a Department of Urban Agriculture within the USDA and boost backyard conservation, community gardens and farmers markets. Maryland is leading the way for states with a fast moving bill that provides tax credits for land used for urban agriculture, and legislators in California are getting behind legislation that acknowledges fresh and healthy food as a “basic human right” and promotes opportunities for urban farms stands, farmers markets and direct farmer-to-consumer marketing. Georgia is looking at easing restrictions for private urban food production, Michigan is tying urban agriculture to economic growth and Oklahoma has an urban agriculture bill in play.

This vital organization is helping put urban farming on the map and we need to help our legislators understand this is very important to our community.  Look for more from CGOC on how you can help lobby our representatives in Texas do what is right for sustainable urban agriculture.  Go to Lobbying 101 by the American Farmland Trust for details.


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