Pingree-Brown: strengthen local food systems
Local farmers have been a hot topic in Congress lately.
Last Tuesday, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D–ME) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D–OH) introduced the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act in Congress. The goal of the bill, which was intended for inclusion in the 2012 Farm Bill, is to strengthen local and regional food systems. It addresses the needs of smaller farms that produce for local markets, as well as of consumers who may lack access to healthy foods.
The bill has between 35 and 40 cosponsors in the House, including Rep. Donna Edwards (D–MD), and six cosponsors in the Senate, including Senator Barbara Mikulski (D–MD). Read More >
What began as a “guerilla gardening” project in a Baltimore food desert now operates as a legitimate urban farm that fulfills several important community functions.
In March 2010, members of Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood began gardening in an abandoned public lot on Whitelock Street. They hoped to cultivate the lot as a community gathering space and as a source of fresh produce in the neighborhood. With only one supermarket, Reservoir Hill is a recognized food desert, meaning residents do not have easy and affordable access to healthy foods. Read more about the history of Whitelock and Reservoir Hill in this previous blogpost. Read More >