Agriculture

Urban agriculture serves two very important roles in the City – provision of local healthy food for citizens as well as connection of people to the realities of local food cultivation. I believe that the City should continue to work with groups such as Growing Gardens, Everybody Eats, the Farmers Market organizers, and other non-profits to promote an urban agriculture infrastructure that promotes healthy local food. In addition, connecting in our local schools with urban and rural agriculture can promote healthy eating and an understanding of how agriculture works, both conventional and organic. I was lucky enough to grow up with a farm in my family, and have seen practices move from a diverse cropping and husbandry towards mono-cropping, which I think is the wrong direction for sustainability. I think funding for these programs should be allocated from the general fund as a program under the Community Planning and Sustainability department.