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Urban Agriculture – Las Cruces Pushes the Envelope

Touch the Soil News #416 The level of public collaboration emerging in the U.S. to foment urban agriculture would not have happened just five years ago. Taking the lead today is Las Cruces, New Mexico – a metropolitan area of some 220,000 people. With the expertise of a 10-person Urban Agriculture Working Group, the City Council, the City Manager, an 11 person technical review team and input from local citizens, the Las Cruces Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Plan was created. The plan was approved by the Las Cruces City Council of June 6, 2016. The 76- page document takes urban food planning to levels previously unheard of. At 3,900…

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Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan

Touch the Soil News #269 What started as the “organic” food movement of several decades ago has evolved far beyond organics. The food landscape is shaping up to be a key “proving ground” for social activism and re-designing economics. Over the last two years, with funding from the Commonwealth (State) of Massachusetts and a half dozen foundation funds, a game-changing study was just finished. Some150 people of diverse education and experience worked up a 424 page document designed to transform food in Massachusetts. Called the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan, this study is set to become the policy and action guide for the entire food and farming sector in the…

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