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City Support for Urban Food

Touch the Soil News #962 (Feature photo – City of Pittsburgh Coat of Arms – public domain) The city of Pittsburgh has an agency called the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Their goal is to develop for best use some 145,000 vacant lots in the city. Approximately 30,000 of these lots are considered distressed, out of which 6,000 lots are prime for greening the city. Greening includes urban agriculture and community gardens. Now, the city of Pittsburgh is working on finalizing things like terms of leases to urban farmers – the longer the better. The city is even considering a lease to purchase program. Behind the move to encourage urban agriculture are…

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Fort Worth, Texas – Attempting a New Milestone in Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #427 Normally, when it comes to food and agriculture we get directives from places like the USDA or the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). But as we have been covering in our news pieces, the frequency of food and agriculture innovations are just as likely to come from city municipalities. Recently, the city of Fort Worth, Texas (a metropolis of 850,000) put out an interesting 14-page document concerning urban agriculture amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance. Worthy of note is a vision statement by the city at the introduction to the proposed ordinance: The City of Fort Worth wants residents to live longer and healthier lives.…

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